Veterans and various organizations visited the State Capitol building

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CHARLESTON—Members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars met with Governor Jim Justice, at the State Capitol Building, for a proclamation reading and signing.

According to West Virginia Senior Vice Commander Trenton Pauley, multiple members representing the state traveled to Charleston, to hear Gov. Justice declare Monday, February 20, 2017, as Veterans Visibility Day, in West Virginia.

Among those in attendance to represent the VFW were, West Virginia Junior Vice Commander Vernon Anderson, State Quarter Master Kevin Light and District Five Commander Bill Kusson.

Pauley said many organizations were also present, including the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America, and Marine Corps

League, among others. He added that Medal of Honor recipient, Woody Williams, was also in attendance.

“Being in a group with Woody Williams, and having the opportunity to meet and talk with him, was a precious moment that I shall never forget,” shared Pauley.

The Proclamation states, that American men and women have always risen to the call of duty, and have fought faithfully, to defend America’s freedoms and help other nations around the world.

It went on to explain that, per capita, more West Virginia citizens have served for our country than any other state. The proclamation called for all West Virginians, as well as, other citizens from around the country, to honor and show their appreciation for all veterans, as well as, those from West Virginia.

During the morning, veterans were treated to a breakfast, held outside of the House of Delegates Chamber. Then, they were invited to take part in three ceremonies held by the House, Senate and the Governor.

The guests were also encouraged to meet with their local legislators about issues veterans face in their daily lives, as well as, to discuss topics they feel to be important to them concerning veterans.

“I was both humbled and honored to be at the proclamation reading and signing, knowing that I was representing all VFW members in the great state of West Virginia,” expressed Pauley.


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