CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin today unveiled and re-dedicated the plaque in the lower rotunda commemorating the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy. Gov. Tomblin issued the following statement.
“It was the primary, which brought John F. Kennedy to the State Capitol on a cold winter day, and it was here he announced he would run in the West Virginia Preferential Primary. Today, Joanne and I had the opportunity to commemorate this day-which forever tied JFK to the hearts and minds of West Virginians-by re-dedicating the plaque mounted in the Lower Rotunda of the Capitol.
“Kennedy’s victory in West Virginia showed, against all odds, the people of West Virginia would vote for leadership, choosing a candidate because of a man’s character and the ability to be the leader of our nation. It is this quality which set the stage for his nomination and his election. It showed we were a leader among states in insisting the importance of greatness in a person and we were collectively wise in understanding the real difference is found in the issues not ignorance.
“It is my hope that future generations will be reminded to have the courage to make the right decisions and answer the call to service President Kennedy so eloquently sounded when he said: ‘The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.’ May God bless the memory of this great man, the State of West Virginia and our nation.”