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West Virginia National Guard supports rededication of Veterans Memorial

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III, points out the name of a fallen hero in the Vietnam War, TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009, at a rededication ceremony for the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.VA. Veterans and current National Guard members from each branch of the service were in attendance for the morning ceremony. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III, points out the name of a fallen hero in the Vietnam War, TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009, at a rededication ceremony for the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.VA. Veterans and current National Guard members from each branch of the service were in attendance for the morning ceremony. (Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III, speaks to a gathering at the Veterans  Memorial outside the capitol building in Charleston, W.Va., TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009.  Members of all branches of the military were in attendance for the rededication of the memorial which was damaged in 2007 by a drunk driver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin, III, speaks to a gathering at the Veterans Memorial outside the capitol building in Charleston, W.Va., TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009. Members of all branches of the military were in attendance for the rededication of the memorial which was damaged in 2007 by a drunk driver. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Members of the West Virginia National Guard as well as local veterans listen to Governor Joe Manchin, III, speak at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial, Charleston, W.Va., TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Members of the West Virginia National Guard as well as local veterans listen to Governor Joe Manchin, III, speak at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial, Charleston, W.Va., TUESDAY, Nov. 10, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo byTech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Master Sgt. Debbie Turrill of the 130th Airlift Wing and other Air Guard Members gather around David Strckland, a former unit member, before the rededication ceremony of the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Master Sgt. Debbie Turrill of the 130th Airlift Wing and other Air Guard Members gather around David Strckland, a former unit member, before the rededication ceremony of the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Lt. Col. Jody Richmond, Wing Plans Officer for the 130th Airlift Wing, talks to a local reporter from WSAZ-TV Channel 3, an NBC affiliate, at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. Lt. Col. Richmond thanked the state's leaders and citizens for their continued support of the military during these challenging times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

Lt. Col. Jody Richmond, Wing Plans Officer for the 130th Airlift Wing, talks to a local reporter from WSAZ-TV Channel 3, an NBC affiliate, at the rededication of the Veterans Memorial in Charleston, W.Va., Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009. Lt. Col. Richmond thanked the state's leaders and citizens for their continued support of the military during these challenging times. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Phyllis E. Keith/Released)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Over 80 members of the West Virginia Air and Army National Guard turned out to witness the rededication of the Veterans Memorial at the State Capitol in Charleston, W.Va., Nov. 10, 2009, the day before Veterans Day.

Lt. Col. David Rabel, Deputy Wing Commander of the 130th Airlift Wing, remarked, "It is a privilege and an honor to be here on this holiday to recognize the sacrifices of all of our American veterans."

Governor Joe Manchin thanked veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces on behalf of all West Virginians.

The memorial, originally dedicated on Veterans Day in 1995, was damaged in 2007 when a drunk driver crashed into it.

Following the ceremony, a local NBC affiliate interviewed Lt.Col. Jody Richmond, 130th Airlift Wing Plans Officer, who expressed his appreciation for the continued support of state leaders and citizens of West Virginia.

The memorial consists of four limestone monoliths surrounded by a reflecting pool. The names of more than 10,000 West Virginians who died during World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are inscribed in black granite on the interior walls.
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