"And we'll accept photos from the public for military veterans that we can place on the wall, and later on we can highlight them in different ways -- maybe all prisoners of war or missing in action and pay tribute that way. My family has four generations of military personnel, so it would be nice to sort by families, too."
Airport officials are unsure how the public will respond to the request for photos, and that will help determine how long photos will remain on the wall and how they will be arranged.
"It is a wonderful thing when we can take time to remember and honor those who have given so much for those they do not know," Kerns said.
"The location is prefect as it allows new service members returning from training, and those coming home after deployments, to see that we support them and their service. For traveling families, it gives the airport a chance to show their patriotism."
In fact, Kerns spoke with a military serviceman who was claiming his baggage at the time of the ceremony.
"He had no idea this was happening today, but he was happy to see it when he went to get his things," she said. "Quite a few military personnel come through the airport."
People are encouraged to submit photos of living or deceased West Virginia veterans or of those still serving.
For a submission form, email WV...@yahoo.com.
Information requested on the form includes name, rank and dates of service. Photos must measure 8 inches by 10 inches and may be in black and white or color. They will not be returned.
Association members are retired military personnel who meet quarterly to share information and camaraderie. Retirees from any branch of service are welcome. For more information, visit the group's Facebook page or email WV...@yahoo.com.