October 18, 2012

Manchin Proud to Honor an American Hero

Senator Manchin honored Medal of Honor recipient Hershel “Woody” Williams at the dedication of the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center

Charleston, W.V. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) proudly honored the highly decorated Marine and recipient of the Medal of Honor, Hershel “Woody” Williams, today at the brand new Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center.

“When you have people like Woody Williams in this country, you know we have and always will have a great country,” Senator Manchin said at ceremonies dedicating the Fairmont Armed Forces Reserve Center in honor of Williams. “There are 3,459 Medal of Honor recipients - and right here is one: Woody Williams. You always have inspired us and always will.  When you name a building after a person who is willing to make the supreme sacrifice – that is special for this state and country. I can't think of a better tribute.”

Senator Manchin noted that Williams’ service to America and West Virginia has continued for more than half a century since being awarded the Medal of Honor.  “He has been a tireless advocate for veterans – an inspiration to us all,” the Senator said.  “He’s one of the reasons why every day in the United States Senate, I stand with our veterans. I will never abandon them. I will never leave them behind. And I will always make sure that they be treated with dignity and respect and compassion. Please thank a veteran today.”

Senator Manchin, referring to his tenure as Governor of West Virginia, added: “The National Guard is made up of our citizen soldiers. And the proudest title I’ve ever had was their Commander-in-Chief.”