CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a special tribute to West Virginia’s military men and women, veterans, Gold Star Families and first responders, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and First Lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin will welcome West Virginians to the annual Joyful Night celebration Tuesday, December 1 at the State Capitol Complex in Charleston. As part of the evening’s festivities, the First Family encourages attendees to bring a new unwrapped toy for the U.S. Marines’ Toys for Tots campaign.
“Joanne and I would like to personally invite West Virginians from across the state to join us as we kick off the holiday season with this year’s Joyful Night celebration,” Gov. Tomblin said. “This annual celebration has become one of our family’s most cherished holiday traditions. Not only does it allow us all to ring in the season with our West Virginia family, it also provides an opportunity for West Virginians of all ages to come together and honor our state’s brave service men and women, their families and our first responders. We hope you will join us for what is sure to be a wonderful holiday celebration.”
The Joyful Night program will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the North Plaza of the Capitol where Governor and First Lady Tomblin will light the state Christmas tree, donated by Ed and Finn Dumire of Beverly. There will be musical performances by a number high school marching bands, choirs and a special recognition ceremony for West Virginia’s service men and women, veterans, Gold Star Families and first responders in the Governor’s Reception Room.
For a complete list of Joyful Night activities, click here. For more information about Joyful Night, contact Caryn Gresham, deputy commissioner of the West Virginia Division of Culture and History at 304- 558-0220.