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It’s no secret that President John F. Kennedy loved West Virginia. We helped him get elected after all.

At a gathering at The White House in 1963 to mark the state’s 100th birthday, President John F. Kennedy had this to say about our great state:

“One of the greatest moments in American history was the birth of West Virginia.”

“The state motto of West Virginia is that Mountaineers are always free. West Virginia was born out of a desire of people to be free.”

And yes, standing behind the president is Sen. Robert Byrd.

At the ceremony, the president was given a West Virginia flag by then-governor Wally Barron. President Kennedy said the flag would fly over the White House and would fly anytime we wanted it to.

The governor handing Kennedy the flag would later serve 4 years in a federal penitentiary.

He was convicted in 1971 of bribing a jury foreman in a previous trial where he was accused of taking kickbacks as governor.

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