Governor Jim Justice and First Lady Cathy Justice hosted a “Once and Future Patriots West Virginia youth salute to veterans” ceremony at the WV Capitol Complex’s Culture Center Theater on Nov. 8 in advance of Veterans Day. Complete video of event can be seen blow. The West Virginia National Guard’s 249th Army Band performed patriot songs throughout the afternoon, and WV Arts, Culture & History Curator Randall Reid-Smith served as the programs host. On display at the ceremony were 20 winning cards submitted by school children from West Virginia for First Lady Cathy Justice’s Thank a Veteran contest. Children from the third, fourth, and fifth graders from 54 schools from across WV (from 24 counties) created over 2,700 cards for this years First Lady’s Artist Series.
Princeton WV residents lined the streets to Honor area veterans during Annual Veterans Day Parade. [Gallery/Video]
Area residents enjoyed a beautiful Monday morning Veterans Day to pay respects to Veterans from across the region. Several area schools bands, students, businesses and veterans participated in the parade. Enjoy some photos from the event below. Have a Blessed day. God Bless America!
Saturday morning was a morning filled with honor, respect and love in Princeton WV. Community leaders, service organizations, and locals citizens participated in the annual Veteran Breakfast and Stand Down event at the Princeton Church of God on Oakvale Road. Omar Aboulhosn gave a glowing Thank You to everyone that helped to make the inspiring event possible. Enclosed below is a flyer that indicates all that supported the much appreciated event. https://youtu.be/u9PV4AwvDxg
Veterans and their family where honored with the presentation of colors and patriotic songs performed by elementary school students of Oakvale Elementary School, from Oakvale, WV.
President Trump Presented the Congressional Medal Of Honor to MSgt Matthew Williams, US Army, October 30, 2019.
President Trump, congressional leaders & military leaders (including 5 previous MOH recipients) gathered in the East Room of the White House to present the nations highest military award to Master Sargent Matthew Williams, US Army, Green Beret. https://youtu.be/toldy_f5kUY
President Trump Presents the Medal of Honor to MSgt Matt Williams, US Army
MSgt Williams was presented the Congressional Medal of Honor (MOH) for outstanding acts of gallantry and heroism, while serving in Afghanistan on April 6th, 2008. He went above the call of duty to save many lives, while putting himself in harms way. MSgt Williams grew up in the small town of Boerne, Texas. During the ceremony President Trump read the citation of award to those in attendance before presenting MSgt Williams the MOH.
Do you or anyone you know need of assistance regarding veterans benefit assistance claims/information? If so, on November 7th, the Veterans Benefits Administration Huntington Regional Office will be hosting a Claims Clinic onsite at the Beckley VA Medical Center.
Appointments will not be necessary.
Veterans can get help to file new claims, check the status of pending claims. Information about other benefits will also be available. See their press release below for more information
President Trump will be awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Matthew O. Williams, US Army on October 30th, 2019
The Army YouTube video above is a brief overview of MSgt Williams’ courageous actions.
President Donald J. Trump will be awarding the Congressional Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Matthew O. Williams’, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry displayed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The presentation of his award will be on October 27, 2019, at the White House . The White House’s press release information with MSgt Williams’ personal background is provided :
Office of the Press Secretary, FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, October 10, 2019President Donald J. Trump to Award the Medal of Honor On October 30, 2019, President Donald J. Trump will award the Medal of Honor to Master Sergeant Matthew O. Williams, United States Army, for conspicuous gallantry while serving as a Weapons Sergeant in Support of Operation Enduring Freedom. On April 6, 2008, while serving as a member of a Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha 3336, Special Operations Task Force-33, assault element, then-Sergeant Williams exposed himself to insurgent fire multiple times while rescuing other members of the assault element and evacuating numerous casualties. In the face of rocket-propelled grenade, sniper, and machine gun fire, Sergeant Williams led an Afghan Commando element across a fast-moving, ice cold, and waist-deep river to fight its way up a terraced mountain to the besieged lead element of the assault force. Sergeant Williams then set up a base of fire that the enemy was not able to overcome.
Just wanted to post a Thank You to Chief Gray for pulling over today, to assist me today at Princeton’s Town Square.
I had passed this American Flag several times since it was lowered for last week on Patriots Day on September 2019. It had not been raised back up, and was getting tangled in the tree now for days. After fixing it, we walked back to my vehicle, looked back & both said thinking, that’s a lot better. It was again flying proudly uninhibited in the wind. When I had waved him down, Chief Gray could’ve ignored me by saying that he would radio over to public works to send someone out to fix it. Which could’ve been days longer, or even forgotten due to something inadvertently. He helped, while putting up with me venting, he didn’t ignore me (too that much Thanks).
Veterans enjoyed the day attending the Inaugural Hero Games at the Beckley Veterans Medical Center [Gallery]
Beckley VAMC (WV) hosted it’s first annual Hero Games at the Medical Center today. Approximately 60 veterans attended and participated in the activities that were held. The event allows veterans to spend time with other veterans, while competing in various competitions. An awards ceremony was held to finish up the event after the festivities. There were several organizations that supported the games; with many of them on hand enjoying the day.
“Operation Rocker” presented veteran Xavier “Bo” Strain’s family a pair of rockers from the Cracker Barrel in Princeton, West Virginia. Bo served in the Army (06-12), with 2 tours bluing in Iraq. Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® “Operation Rocker” in partnership with nonprofit partner Operation Homefront. donate one rocker to Operation Homefront for every adult rocker purchased online.
Missing Man formation w/all female pilots, to perform historic flyover, to Honor Capt. Rosemary Mariner (Ret).
A Navy aeronautic display will take place using only female pilots, Saturday, in honor of the first Navy female to fly a tactical fighter jet, Capt. Rosemary Mariner (Ret).
Lowe’s earlier this fall announced it has designated four parking spots for veterans at all of it stores.