Gold Star Day at Capitol

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Gold Star Day at Capitol

One of our 2018 projects is working with leaders from around West Virginia to get a Gold Star Family Memorial built on the grounds of the West Virginia State Capitol Complex.  Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, Senator Ryan Weld, President Mitch Carmichael, and Speaker Tim Armstead immediately threw their support to the effort, and we were able to get the resolution passed within the first two weeks of the session.  It was the first item to pass both houses this year.

To commemorate that extraordinary event, Woody Williams came to to the Capitol and was presented with the resolution. He spoke on the floor of both houses, and thanked the senators and delegates for their help.  It was a remarkable event, and StandWatch.org was honored to have played a role in the process.

As an added bonus, StandWatch Academy’s legislative interns were visiting with state senators that day, met with Woody (again), and listen to his speech on the senate floor.  We want to thank Senators Ferns, Boso, Rucker, Karnes, Blair, Gaunch, and Trump for hosting our interns.

The next step in the process comes when the West Virginia Culture and History Division meets to approve the memorial’s plans.  Our goal is to begin construction by Memorial Day 2018. Stay tuned.

 

By | 2018-06-30T14:12:11+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Article, MainSlider|Comments Off on Gold Star Day at Capitol

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Zac Northup is the Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of StandWatch.org. Zac served in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard between 1992 and 2000, leaving the service as a captain. In 1996, he started his own publishing and consulting firm where he interviewed high-profile individuals including members of the joint chiefs of staff, service secretaries, elected officials, and soldiers in Bosnia, Honduras, and other locations. As a consultant, he worked for Boeing, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, 3M, and dozens of small firms that ranged from start-ups to multimillion dollar firms. He has proven experience taking a concept and growing it into a thriving business.