CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin, in coordination with the West Virginia National Guard, will honor military families who have lost a loved one in combat with the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree. The tree will be displayed in the Governor's Reception Room of the State Capitol Building with the "First Responders Recognition" tree during the holiday season.
"This year's "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree not only honors the memory of our military members lost in combat, it pays tribute to the families left behind-the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons," Gov. Tomblin said. "We are forever indebted to our veterans, military members, and their families for their service-and their sacrifice."
"With so many West Virginians serving in the Armed Forces, it is important for us to keep in mind the families whose loved ones have paid the ultimate sacrifice to ensure the safety and freedom of their fellow citizens," First Lady Tomblin said. "I believe this year's "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree will not only show our support for these families, it will honor all those who have served and continue to serve our state and the nation."
"This "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree is a reminder that West Virginia has not forgotten the sacrifices that these families, who have lost a loved one in military service, have given to this great state and nation," said Command Sergeant Major Kevin L. Harry, Senior Enlisted Leader for the West Virginia National Guard. "The West Virginia National Guard is honored to assist with this project and is committed to providing assistance to these Families throughout the year with our Gold Star Family program."
West Virginians wishing to participate can send in photos of their loved ones or friends lost in combat for the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree. All photos must be received by Friday, November 29, 2013. Unfortunately, photos will not be returned.
Mail submissions to: West Virginia Governor's Mansion
Attn: Tina Amburgey, Information Specialist
1716 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV 25305
Tina Amburgey, Information Specialist