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Oddfellows Honor Byrd At Capitol Ceremony

Reported: Apr. 14, 2014 12:03 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 19, 2014 10:29 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Katy Brown, Heath Harrison) -- One organization took time to honor the late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, D-W.Va., on Saturday.

The General Military Council of the Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) of West Virginia met on the state Capitol steps in Charleston on to remember one of their own. Byrd was a member of an Oddfellows lodge.

Representatives from the office of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin were also there for the presentation.

Current Oddfellows members from across the area met to say thanks.

"We just wanted to give back and say, ‘Thank you’ for everything he's done,” Maj. Gen. R.R. Suder, executive officer, said. “We have people from four different states here today to help us with the ceremony. We're very fortunate to have his friends here."

A jewel was also presented for Byrd. It's the highest military honor for the Oddfellows.

It will now be on display at the West Virginia Culture Center.

Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator in the nation’s history, represented West Virginia in Congress for 57 years in both the House and Senate. He died in 2010 at the age of 92.

IOOF is a global altruistic and fraternal organization, established in America in 1819. The organization was established in West Virginia shortly after the Civil War.




CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) – The late U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd will be honored at a public ceremony at the West Virginia State Capitol on Saturday.

The Independent Order of Oddfellows (IOOF) of West Virginia will bestow the honor of Grand Decoration of Chivalry on Byrd, to honor what the group said was the Democrat's extraordinary service to mankind.

Byrd is being honored for his contributions as a member of IOOF, and for his public service work.

“The late Sen. Byrd was a very special member and a friend to all,” IOOF Maj. Gen. Emil Suder, executive officer of the General Military Council, and coordinator of the ceremony, said in a news release. “He contributed a vast amount of dedicated hours to make our great state what it is today. We wanted to recognize his love for the state and its citizens and this is a perfect way for us as an organization to show appreciation.”

The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. at the Capitol Complex in Charleston.

Byrd, the longest serving U.S. Senator in the nation’s history, represented West Virginia in Congress for 57 years in both the House and Senate. He died in 2010 at the age of 92.

IOOF is a global altruistic and fraternal organization, established in America in 1819. The organization was established in West Virginia shortly after the Civil War.



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