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Emotional Tribute to Mr. Burkhart

July 26th, 2012

It was scheduled to be the Berkeley County Council’s salute to Robert L. Burkhart, as he steps down from the Eastern WV Regional Airport Authority; but it turned out to be a lovefest as county councilpersons saluted Mr. Burkhart for his decades of service to Berkeley County.

Berkhart said it was “an honor, never hard work” to serve Berkeley County.

He said he had a special reason for serving on the airport authority, since the airport sits on land that was once his grandfather’s farm.

Berkhart told those gathered in the county council chamber at the Dunn Building that the airport was enlarged during World War II to fly wounded servicemembers into Berkeley County to be transferred to Baker Army Hospital, which is now the VA Medical Center.