CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jim Justice is officially serving as West Virginia’s governor after taking a midnight oath of office in the chapel at The Greenbrier.
The ceremony was captured in a Facebook Live video by The Greenbrier, which also sent out a tweet of the moment.
“This is an honor beyond belief for me and my family,” Justice said after being sworn in.
“God bless you in every way. We do have big challenges. I will give you every single thing I have in my body to fulfill those challenges and make your dreams and my dreams come true.”
Justice will participate in a public inauguration today at the state Capitol.
The inauguration ceremony at the Capitol starts at 1 p.m. with Justice taking the oath of office on the south plaza. The event will be streamed at www.WVMetroNews.com
The inauguration ceremony will include a traditional 19-gun salute, an inaugural address from ustice, special music performances, posting of the color by military and law enforcement, and the swearing in of the governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Treasurer, Auditor, and Commissioner of Agriculture.
Temperatures are expected to be in the mid-50s with partly cloudy skies.
Seating will be available on the south plaza.
Parking will be available in the Capitol parking garage and the parking lot by University of Charleston Stadium (Laidley Field) with shuttle service to the capitol campus.
Immediately following the ceremony, the governor and the first lady, together with newly-inaugurated members of the Board of Public Works, will receive the public in the lower Rotunda of the state Capitol.
For the receiving line, visitors must enter through the security checkpoint at the east main entrance on the California Avenue side of the building. The governor and first lady will sign commemorative programs for well-wishers. Visitors will then be directed to exit through the west main entrance across from the Culture Center and proceed to the public reception.
The inaugural ball starting at 7:30 p.m. at The Greenbrier is black tie optional and requires tickets, which go on sale Jan. 5. Entertainment for the evening will include a national headliner, Landau Eugene Murphy, Jr., the Walter Scott Trio, The West Virginia Jazz Orchestra, The Richard Hefner and the Black Mountain Bluegrass Boys, plus River Jam.
— The Greenbrier (@The_Greenbrier) January 16, 2017