The Times West Virginian

Local News

November 12, 2013

Veterans encouraged to carry on the legacy

Military members honored at Veterans Day Breakfast

FAIRMONT — Local veterans were honored at the fifth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at the Robert H. Mollohan Building on Monday morning.

Jim Chadwell, of the South Fairmont Rotary Club, said the event was just the beginning of a host of Veterans Day celebrations taking place throughout the community.

“It’s a great way to kick off their day with a breakfast and a salute to them,” Chadwell said.

Chadwell said the South Fairmont Rotary Club has hosted the event as an extended meeting in years past, but decided to bring it to a larger venue this year where more people could attend.

“We just think it’s really important that once a year we can take a day to set aside for the entire community to honor

the men and women who have served, past and present,” Chadwell said.

Chadwell and Mary Jo Thomas were co-chairs of the event. The breakfast was sponsored by Pierpont Community & Technical College and was catered by Aladdin.

The featured guest speaker was Richard Robison, a former naval flight officer who now works as a senior program manager at NASA.

Robison spoke about his personal experiences as well as the pride that all veterans should feel for their service.

“When you wore the uniform of our nation’s armed forces, you stood for this country,” Robison told his fellow veterans. “You clearly and visibly represented something that you believed in. You took an oath to support and defend the Constitution — a way of life, a vision, a set of principles. You put your life on the line to defend that.”

Rotary members Aaron Hawkins and Butch Phillips also gave a presentation at the event about the Honor Flight program, which flies veterans to Washington, D.C., to visit war memorials.

Both Hawkins and Phillips went as guardians on Huntington’s Honor Flight trip in 2013 and decided they wanted to bring the program to North Central West Virginia.

“We came back with a whole new appreciation for not only D.C. and these memorials, but also for the veterans and the stories that we heard,” Hawkins said. “We came back with a memorable experience that we will never forget. It was an enlightening experience for both of us.”

They hope to sponsor an Honor Flight trip in May 2014 during which they will take 100 veterans and 50 guardians to Washington, D.C. The trip is open to World War II, Korean and Vietnam veterans.

According to Hawkins, the trip is completely free to veterans but it will cost about $50,000 to take, so fundraising efforts are beginning now.

Hawkins said Honor Flight organizations exist in 42 states and more than 100,000 veterans have visited the memorials through those organizations.

“Our goal is to continue that process,” he said.

Hawkins and Phillips were on site to answer questions and provide more information to veterans who are interested in attending.

While veterans were thanked for their service numerous times throughout the morning, Robison also reminded them to continue to carry on their legacy.

“We as veterans need to continue to step up to serve our country, our community, our friends and neighbors,” he said.

Email Kaylyn Christopher at or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.

Text Only
Local News
  • Children's Hospital Donation 2 - CB.jpg Students raise money for WVU Children’s Hospital

    Children from Sunbeam Early Learning Center visited West Virginia University’s Children’s Hospital Wednesday to make a special delivery.
    Two students, Niasia Payne, 10, and Desiree Balch, 11, held a bake sale at Sunbeam July 9 and 10 to raise money for the hospital and set a goal for $50.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fairmont seeks to rebrand itself

    The city of Fairmont is starting to try to reach out to residents in new ways.
    The city created a new position, Fairmont program manager of marketing and communications, to help facilitate the effort.
    Hanna Weaver said she started the job around four weeks ago. She is originally from the Eastern Panhandle and Potomac Highlands region, and her previous job was working as executive director of the Grant County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

    July 24, 2014

  • TWV, ARC sponsoring blood drive Friday at FSHS

    The American Red Cross is facing a blood shortage.
    According to the American Red Cross, there have been 80,000 fewer blood donations given since May than expected. This has created an urgent need for blood donations as the Red Cross may soon face a blood shortage.

    July 24, 2014

  • Bridgeport man charged with threatening officer

    A plaintiff in a four-year-old fraud cause is now being accused of not only threatening a State Police officer, but also the lives of the officer’s wife and children.
    Christopher John Domico, 37, of Bridgeport, was arrested Wednesday and charged with retaliation against public officers and witnesses.

    July 24, 2014

  • Mary Jane and Patches -ts.jpg Can-Do campers learn about emergency safety: PHOTOS

    Patches and his fire truck “pumper” made a special visit to the Can-Do summer camp.
    Can-Do summer camp, held at the Disability Action Center, is a week-long camp that is intended for individuals with disabilities. Wednesday began with a lesson about emergency safety.

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • Korean War Memorial seeks funds from county commission

    The Korean War Memorial was suggested to be completed in phases.
    Marion County Development office director Charlie Reese was assigned to review and make a recommendation on what steps the memorial needs to complete to earn more funding. During the last meeting, the Korean War Memorial project had requested $8,000.

    July 24, 2014

  • Fairmont reaching out in new ways

    The city of Fairmont is starting to try to reach out to residents in new ways.

    July 23, 2014

  • Police: Plaintiff threatens trooper, wife and children

    A plaintiff in a four-year-old fraud cause is now being accused of not only threatening a State Police officer, but the lives of his wife and children.

    July 23, 2014

  • Children's Hospital Daycare bake sale reaches 10 times goal for children's hospital

    Children from Sunbeam Early Learning Center visited West Virginia University's Children's Hospital today to make a special delivery.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rescue Squad at DAC.jpg Patches teaches home safety to DAC campers

    Patches and his fire truck “pumper” made a special visit to the Can-Do summer camp.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
TWV Video Highlights
NDN Editor's Picks
House Ads