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May 19, 2013

From the White House and the U.S. Capitol to West Virginia’s State Capitol and Mountaineer Field, the best centennial program in West Virginia

FAIRMONT — What group from West Virginia did President John F. Kennedy greet at the White House to kick off West Virginia’s centennial year celebration?

The “West Virginia Centennial Parade of Flags” from Marion County!

Let’s recall these historical events that began at the most prestigious address in America, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C.

Fifty years ago, on May 20, 1963, on a Monday morning under clear blue skies, the “Parade of Flags” were called to attention at 10 a.m. in the newly named “Rose Garden,” located outside the Oval Office. Standing motionless, they awaited the president of the United States.

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