CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Just five months before he would meet his untimely end in a Dallas parade, President John F. Kennedy stood on the steps of the West Virginia Capitol and delivered the keynote speech for the state's centennial celebration.
Kennedy credited West Virginia voters with helping him win the presidency, ending his remarks on that rainy day with words that still occasionally ring through the Capitol halls.
"The sun does not always shine in West Virginia but the people always do.''
Fifty years later, another member of the Kennedy clan plans to join in as West Virginia celebrates another milestone birthday.
Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Children's U.S. programs, will speak during a West Virginia Day concert with the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra on Thursday night.
Shriver is the son of Sargent Shriver and the late Eunice Kennedy Shriver, sister of President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Sens. Robert and Ted Kennedy.
"My parents, aunts and uncle often spoke about the special relationship between Uncle Jack - indeed, the entire Kennedy family - and the Mountain State," he said via email.
West Virginia Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, invited Shriver to the sesquicentennial celebration.