A small part of West Virginia was on display for the world to see during the recent inauguration ceremonies for President Donald Trump.
Marsha and James Dotson of Alma watched with pride as their grandson, Anthony Bolton, a member of an elite Drill Team - the Navy's Ceremonial Guard - march in formation in front of thousands of spectators for the new president.
These sailors are known for their skills in close-order drills and weapons handling abilities. Bolton's family and friends saw on television how he not only carried a small part of West Virginia onto the world stage, but the best values of small town America.
"My mood was happy, excited, scared, nervous, and honored. I want to thank everyone in Tyler county for the support and appreciation for the troops," Bolton said.
The scene of a highly disciplined group of sailors marching in a parade was in stark contrast to other images that played out as the day progressed. Ultimately, whether you are a fan of the President or not, the values Bolton represents should be in all of us. Those ideals include service to others, faith in family and friends and a belief that we are all in this together, "one nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all."