CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In a bipartisan salute, West Virginia political leaders are paying homage to the National Guard.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Virginia's U.S. senators and congressmen joined in the recognition Thursday on the occasion of the guard's 376-year birthday.
Sen. Joe Manchin pointed out that the state's citizen-soldiers have a long history in West Virginia. The 201st Field Artillery Regiment is the oldest continuously serving unit in the United States. It's known as the First West Virginia.
West Virginia's guard was also one of the 13 original militia companies that formed the Continental Army.