Woody Williams, CMHS marching band taking part in Joyful Night
CHARLESTON -- Medal of Honor recipient and Ona resident Woody Williams and will be joined by the Cabell Midland Marching Knights on Thursday, Dec. 6, at the Joyful Night celebration and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.
The evening's program and reception will honor the state's military members, their families and veterans. All events are free and open to the public. Those who attend are encouraged to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marines' Toys for Tots campaign.
Events will begin at the North Plaza of the Capitol with musical selections by the Cabell Midland marching band and the Appalachian Children's Chorus Cantare Choir. The West Virginia Air National Guard will post the colors, followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the VIPs of Capital High School and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Williams.
The first family will light the tree, donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ray Fewell of Winfield.
Visitors will proceed to the South Plaza of the Capitol where the Philip Barbour High School Band will perform and the tree donated by Mr. and Mrs. Al Tolliver of Danese will be lit to pay tribute to veterans and military families.
The first floor Rotunda of the Capitol will feature a holiday tree decorated with handmade ornaments created by schoolchildren throughout the state as well as a musical performance by the Martin Luther King Jr. Male Chorus. The annual U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots donation site will be located in the rotunda.
This year's Military Recognition tree will be showcased in the Governor's Reception room and will feature photos of loved ones and friends who have served or are serving in the military. During a visit, attendees can create holiday cards to send to our troops serving overseas.
The Governor's Mansion will be open to visitors during Joyful Night.
In keeping with tradition, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Tomblin and first lady will read "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." Visitors will have the opportunity to experience musical performances by the Appalachian Children's Chorus and a soloist from the Governor's School of Arts, in addition to viewing the second annual ArtisTree, showcasing handmade ornaments from West Virginia artists and artisans.
Visitors also can enjoy light refreshment at the Culture Center where the Mountainaires Barber Shop Choir will perform to conclude the evening's events.
The West Virginia Joyful Night celebration is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, with a tree lighting at 6 p.m., both at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston.