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 Veterans Memorial Rededicated At The Capitol

11/10/2009

    Charleston, W.Va. – Secretary of State Natalie E. Tennant joined Governor Joe Manchin, Major General Allen Tackett, and other state leaders to rededicate the Veterans Memorial at the Capitol Complex today in Charleston.

           

    The memorial had been closed for more than a year to repair damage that occurred in 2007, and to add more than 1,430 names that had been left off and correct names that had

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant points to the name of a cousin who was killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

been misspelled.

           

    The names of more than 10,000 West Virginians who died in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War are inscribed in the monument’s polished black granite.

           

    “This monument gives us an opportunity to say thank you and to learn about war and to learn about sacrifice,” Tennant said. “This memorial is a reflection of the commitment of West Virginians to our veterans. The soldiers of this state have done their part to ensure freedom for everyone. The sacrifices they made have not been forgotten. Our veterans are the few who served in order for the many to enjoy the freedoms that we have today.”

           

    Tennant’s father served in the Korean War, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. Her husband, State Senator Erik Wells (D-Kanawha), is a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy Reserves.

           

    Governor Manchin called the service of veterans the men and women currently serving “priceless.”     

 

Secretary Tennant speaks at the dedication ceremony for the Veterans Memorial November 10 at the Capitol.

    “We cannot build the memorials, we can’t spend the money, we can’t do anything that would honor you more because there’s not a price that we can put on that,” Manchin said. “All we can do it show you by our support everyday. We can make sure that we honor the service you’ve given us, and tell everyone how lucky we are to live in the greatest nation on Earth and how lucky we are to have people like you who put themselves in harm’s way for our safety.” 

        

    The Veterans Memorial features four statues representing the four conflicts: a doughboy from World War I, a sailor from World War II, a pilot from the Korean War, and an army soldier from the Vietnam War. The dedication of the memorial, with the World War II statue, took place on Veteran’s Day, 1995.

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Contact:

Jake Glance
(304) 558-6000
jglance@wvsos.com