Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was in Lewis County Tuesday evening to address the citizens of the 77th Annual American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.
The citizens of the program, who gathered in Jackson's Mill from around the state, were practicing for the formal review on Wednesday, a salute to their newly-elected officials.
Tomblin, an alumnae of the Mountaineer Boys State, said he looks forward to coming back every year.
"It's always exciting to come back, it brings back a lot of memories of 1968. Seeing all these young men here, knowing they've been chosen by their schools, by their local communities, so as governor, it's always great to speak to them and know they're going to be tomorrow's leaders," said Tomblin.
"Basically, we've experienced the political process firsthand, made friends with people from all across the state, and just made connections," said Samuel Martino, a "Federalist" who was running for governor.
All veterans are invited to attend the formal review. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at Jackson's Mill.
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