(Photo by Peggy Mackenzie)
In honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, a ceremony presented by Mary Carr, director of the Greenbrier County Children’s Home Society of West Virginia, was held in front of the Greenbrier County Courthouse on Thursday, Apr. 28, attended by local child protection agencies, schools and churches, as well as members of the county justice department, several law enforcement agencies, and military branches. The Child Abuse Prevention flag was raised by three members of Greenbrier West High School R.O.T.C. Program, and Lewisburg Mayor John Manchester read a proclamation designating Apr. 28 as Child Abuse Prevention Day. Award presentations were handed out to three persons whose efforts to improve the lives of abused children were recognized – assistant prosecuting attorney Britt Ludwig, Lisa Carter, culinary arts teacher at Davis Stuart School and State Police Trooper First Class A.W. Gilkerson. The event was capped with songs sung by fourth, fifth and sixth grade children [pictured] from the Lewisburg Baptist Academy.