Plaque At WV Capitol Re-Dedicated in President John F. Kennedy's Honor

By: Todd Baucher Email
By: Todd Baucher Email

Remembering a president whose death a half-century ago shocked a nation.

West Virginia's governor and the first lady Thursday re-dedicated a plaque at the state capitol, honoring President John F. Kennedy.

The governor recalled Kennedy's campaign in West Virginia, ending with his victory in the 1960 state primary.

"He showed, against all odds, the people of West Virginia would vote for leadership; choosing a candidate because of the man's character, and the ability to be the leader of our nation, as the country entered dangerous times," says Governor Tomblin.

The plaque was kept in storage for several years and deteriorated.

It notes Kennedy's address on the steps of the capitol at ceremonies marking the Mountain State's centennial, just months before his death.

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