McGraw took pledge to heart early on
The evening of May 17, the West Virginia Citizens Action Group gave the WV CAG Si Galperin in Defense of Democracy Award to former Judge and Attorney General Darrell V. McGraw Jr. and the Don Marsh Public Service Award to Jorea Marple.
Many of their friends, co-workers and admirers were there to greet and support them. Several told stories of their association with Darrell and their admiration of him. I heard "my hero" several times. Several recounted what he had accomplished for our state and its citizens. He was applauded loudly, especially for his attention to those who had been done an injustice but had no recourse to address it.
Darrell and Jorea have received many accolades for their work in their chosen fields. Their personalities, intelligence and fortitude served them well as they rose in their leadership rolls. The friends and members of WV CAG cited the many reasons they admired and appreciated them.
I recall an event that I believe may have a beginning of the journey to Darrell's success as a public servant. It was in the late 1930s or early 1940s around the time he was to start his public education. I entered the dining room of our grandparents' home. He had placed a small metal American Flag he had gotten from a box of Cracker Jacks on top of the refrigerator. He was standing at attention with his right arm extended, palm up facing the flag and saying, "I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
I believe the pledge was infused into his heart and mind enabling him to defend "liberty and justice" to all people of West Virginia and the United States. As Judge and AG he defended citizens of West Virginia and the United States, seeking "life, liberty and happiness" from injustice of any type.
Kenton H. McGraw Jr.