The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

June 12, 2013

Fayette County flag, seal, Wall of Honor slated to be unveiled

West Virginia Sesquicentennial

From Staff Reports

FAYETTEVILLE — Fayette County will celebrate West Virginia’s sesquicentennial year by unveiling its new county seal and county flag in a ceremony Saturday.

At 1 p.m. in front of the historic Courthouse in Fayetteville, the county commission will host the event to help celebrate the state’s 150th birthday, according to Danny Wright, county clerk and chairman of a commission-appointed sesquicentennial celebration committee.

Chief Judge John W. Hatcher and Judge Paul M. Blake will be the guest speakers at the event, which also will feature songs and bagpipe music.

The commission also will present a flag to a representative from each of the county’s municipalities, Wright said.

Refreshments will be provided by the Fayetteville Woman’s Club, and seating will be available.

The seal was commissioned in February and the flag bearing the county seal was approved by the commission in May of this year. The design was created by artist Mona Goodall.

“We had a role to play in the creation of West Virginia, and we want to celebrate that role,” Wright said in urging Fayette countians to attend the special ceremony.

A second celebration event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, June 21 in the main hallway of the Courthouse. Following lunch, the county will continue its recognition of the state’s sesquicentennial by unveiling the Fayette County Wall of Honor.

The inaugural group of 27 honorees will be announced and U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall will speak.

The initial 27 individuals named to the Wall of Honor were chosen by the eight-member committee which Wright chairs, and includes “Fayette countians who have made their mark on a state, national or international level,” he said.

A photo of each honoree will be placed on the Wall of Honor and a booklet containing brief biographical sketches also will be available.

More individuals will be added to the Wall of Honor in the future, Wright stressed.

“This is not ‘it.’ This is just the beginning,” he said.

“I hope everybody comes out. It’s been a long process, but I think we have a good group.”