Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced the Veterans Day National Committee recently designated Charleston as a regional site for the observance of Veterans Day 2012.
The Capital City is among 62 designated sites nationwide that serve as model community events to honor and celebrate the nation's veterans.
"This designation by the Veterans Day National Committee is truly an honor for our Capital City," Tomblin said in a news release. "Throughout our state's history, our armed forces have been comprised of hard working, loyal and exceptional West Virginians. While words cannot fully express the magnitude of our appreciation or the depth of our admiration, we are humbled and grateful for their selfless service."
"My sincerest congratulations to the City of Charleston, the American Legion, who sponsors a great parade each year, and to the West Virginia veterans whose service and sacrifice have made celebrations like this possible," said Keith Gwinn, Department of Veterans Assistance cabinet secretary. "Veterans of our Armed Forces deserve our utmost appreciation, and I'm proud that the City of Charleston has been recognized as a leader in displaying our state and nation's gratitude."
The Veterans Day National Committee recognizes select Veterans Day observances throughout the country representative of fitting tributes to America's heroes.