CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin are honoring military families who have lost a loved one in combat.
Officials say the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree will be displayed in the State Capitol Building in Charleston along with the "First Responders Recognition" tree during the holiday season.
Tomblin says the tree not only honors the memory of the military members lost in combat. He says it pays tribute to the families left behind: the mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons.
West Virginians wishing to participate can send in photos of their loved ones or friends lost in combat for the "Gold Star Families Recognition" tree. All photos must be received by Nov. 29.