The columns are adorned with two types of wreaths that alternate in their facing. Wreaths of wheat represent the agricultural strength of the nation; while wreaths of Oak represent the industrial dynamism of the nation, supplying not only our own troops but also our friends and allies.
The U.S. Department of Defense has compiled estimated service numbers for 20th-century wars. It is believed that somewhere around 233,985 West Virginian's took part in World War II. One of those brave men was my grandfather.
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