SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. - First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today participated in the West Virginia's Promise "Red, White and Blue BBQ" at Rock Lake Community Life Center in South Charleston. The free, family-friendly celebration was held in honor of West Virginia military families and children and was open to the public. During her remarks, First Lady Tomblin encouraged West Virginians to get involved. She said, "One of the best things we can do to show our gratitude for their sacrifice is to continue to give back any way we can."
In May 2011, First Lady Tomblin launched her initiative "Serve West Virginia Military: Serving Those Who Serve Us" in an effort to engage individuals and community groups to play an active role in supporting and providing assistance to West Virginia's deployed service men and women, their spouses, children, active stateside military and veterans. This evening's "Red, White and Blue BBQ" was inspired by this initiative and corresponded with April's mission, "Take a Child Under Your Wing."
"The 'Red, White and Blue BBQ' served as a wonderful opportunity for community members to meet the military children and families in our area," said First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin. "It was also a simple way for local businesses, organizations and individuals to show their support for the service men and women of the Mountain State. I am truly appreciative of all those who came together to honor these heroes and their families."
This evening's celebration featured the Almost Heaven Dulcimer Club, West Virginia State University Saxophone Quartet, prize raffles, inflatables, crafts, food and more. All veterans, service members, community groups and individuals were invited to attend, and the night's festivities were hosted by West Virginia's Promise, Rock Lake Community Life Center, Charleston Area Vet Corps and the West Virginia National Guard Child and Youth Program.