West Virginia - Wild and Wonderful

About West Virginia

West Virginia is noted for its mountains and diverse topography, its historically significant logging and coal mining industries, and its political and labor history. It is one of the most densely karstic areas in the world, making it a choice area for recreational caving and scientific research.

Business

West Virginia is full of opportunity for any business with a growing economy and a highly dedicated workforce. Whether you are running an existing business or thinking of starting a new business you can find all of the information you need throughout this business section.

Education

West Virginia is fortunate to have a tremendous education system with a high standard of excellence. Please use the information provided here to learn more about the wealth of educational opportunities in our great state.

Employment

West Virginia is home to one of the finest workforces in the country based on our hard work and commitment to quality. Whether you are looking for new job opportunities, enhancing your job skills or researching future employment trends you can find all of the information you need throughout this employment section.

Family

West Virginia offers the perfect balance of a rural and urban setting that suits a variety of lifestyles. This is a state where you can go whitewater rafting in the morning, go to an art exhibit in the afternoon and attend a concert in the evening. Whether you just moved to the Mountain State or your family has been here since it was founded, you are part of our community.

Health

Maintaining proper health is vital to ensuring the highest quality of life possible. West Virginia strives to provide one of the best health care systems in the country that is affordable and available to all residents of the state. This section contains numerous resources to assist you in accessing the health care services provided in the state.

Tourism

Exhilarate in the lasting beauty and natural wonder scattered throughout West Virginia. From unmatched outdoor recreation to world-class resorts, breathtaking scenery and a variety of cultural and historic attractions, West Virginia is an ideal spot to plan your next adventure. Discover for yourself what makes West Virginia wild and wonderful.

 Governor Orders U.S. and State Flags Lowered in Recognition of National Peace Officers Memorial Day

5/14/2010

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Joe Manchin today issued a proclamation, in accordance with a presidential proclamation, ordering all U.S. and state flags displayed at state facilities lowered to half-staff the entire day of Saturday, May 15, in commemoration of all federal, state and local law enforcement officers who have fallen in the line of duty. May 15 is recognized as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.

“Peace Officers Memorial Day allows us to pay tribute to our brave men and women in uniform who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. Their dedication and sacrifice has allowed citizens across our country to live a better quality of life,” said Gov. Manchin.

National Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually in the United States on May 15 in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.

The governor said, “Our first responders are special because of their bravery and willingness to stand in harm’s way to protect the rights and safety of others.”

Flags will also be flown at half-staff Saturday in honor of the distinguished life and service of World War II veteran Lt. Jack Arnett.

Arnett, a Charleston, W.Va. native, enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Fort Hayes, Columbus, OH, on March 7, 1941. He was deployed to Wake Island in the South Pacific as a member of the 307th Bombardment Group, United States Army Air Forces.

While piloting a B-24J Liberator on a mission, Lt. Arnett, along with 10 crew members, were shot down by enemy forces near what is now the state of Koror, Republic of Palau.

Recovery efforts launched in October 2000, 2004, 2005 and 2008, near Babeldaob Island in the Republic of Palau by the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command teams, scientists and a private wreckage hunting group known as the BentProp Project, led to the discovery of the B-24 airplane flown by Lt. Arnett.

Arnett’s remains were returned to the United States and escorted by a member of the Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command on December 8, 2009. A portion of Lt. Arnett’s remains were interred in Orlando, Fla., next to his brother’s gravesite.

A memorial service for Arnett is scheduled for Saturday, May 15, at Friendly Cemetery, in Friendly, W.Va., with full military honors to commemorate his courageous and heroic actions.

Contact Information

Melvin Smith
304-558-2000