MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Five Eastern Panhandle residents were inducted into the Order of the 35th Star on Tuesday as part of ceremonies held by West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III to recognize area individuals and businesses.
Sara and John Walker of Kearneysville, Lucy Smith and Leonard Harris of Martinsburg, and Elizabeth Louise Spriggs Spring of Great Cacapon were inducted into the order for volunteering in the community over the years.
"It really is an honor. I wasn't expecting it," said Spring, who served as the postmaster for the small Morgan County community for 23 years.
Created more than 20 years ago by Manchin's uncle, A. James Manchin, now deceased, when he was West Virginia's 25th Secretary of State, the Order of the 35th Star recognizes senior citizens who have become "living examples of perseverance that members of their communities strive to emulate," according to the governor's office.