November 14, 2010
The Investiture Ceremony for the Honorable Earl Ray Tomblin to act as Governor will take place on Tuesday, November 16, at 10 a.m., in front of the Senate Chamber in the State Capitol Building at the Capitol Complex in Charleston. Following the ceremony, the Governor and First Lady will greet the public at a reception in the Great Hall of the Culture Center. The public is cordially invited to attend the ceremony and reception.
Former Governor Gaston Caperton will serve as Master of Ceremonies. The ceremony will begin with processional music by the Horace Mann Middle School Chamber Strings, Ian Jessee, conductor; followed by welcoming remarks by Caperton; the Posting of the Colors by the West Virginia National Guard Color Guard; Pledge of Allegiance by Jack Antolini, Webelo Scout, Cub Scout Pack 250 from St. Francis de Sales School, Beckley and Nick Bowen, Boy Scout Troop 3 from St. Mary’s Methodist Church, Beckley; The National Anthem by Nick Naylor of Capital High School; the Invocation by the Reverend Doug Craven, First Presbyterian Church, Logan; and a musical selection, My Home Among the Hills, by the Appalachian Children’s Chorus, Selina Midkiff, founding director. Chief Justice Robin Jean Davis of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will then administer the Oath of Office and Governor Tomblin will give an Investiture Address. The Reverend Dennis D. Sparks, executive director of the West Virginia Council of Churches will give a benediction, followed by the Retiring of the Colors by the West Virginia National Guard Color Guard and the Recessional by the Horace Mann Middle School Chamber Strings.
The public is invited to the Culture Center, directly beside the State Capitol Building, immediately following the ceremony to meet the Governor and First Lady at a reception in the Great Hall.
For more information, contact Jacqueline Proctor, director of communications for the Governor’s Office, at (304) 558-3140.
With the leadership of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, Kay Goodwin, cabinet secretary, the West Virginia Division of Culture and History brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. Its administrative offices, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.