RICHLANDS, W.Va. (WVVA)- The town of Richlands honored Veterans. Thursday the town hosted their 2nd annual Veterans ceremony and dinner.
The event was held at the Richlands Police Department Community Center. Despite the rain conditions the program was able to still hold a candle light vigil inside, as well as a placement of Veterans memorial wreath in remembrance of all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
A 21 gun salute followed by taps, was also presented. The keynote speaker for the evening was U.S. Congressman, Morgan Griffith, representing the 9th congressional district.
Richlands Police Chief, Jerry Gilbert served as the master of ceremony. Gilbert said he’s proud of the the community for honoring their local Veterans.
“It’s an outpouring. The town employees have been working hard for several days trying to prepare for this event. It just brings everybody out and gives us an opportunity to thank the folks that makes this possible, our freedom. The Veterans they’ve all sacrificed so much. Some gave their ultimate sacrifice of their lives and others have spent years away from their families and we’re here tonight free because of the sacrifices these folks have made,” Chief Gilbert said.
A Veterans breakfast will take place this Saturday, at 8 a.m. at the Richlands National Guard Armory.