House recognizes W.Va.’s birthday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A West Virginia lawmaker Wednesday recognized the state’s sesquicentennial in the chambers of the U.S. House of Representatives.

“This may be our 150th year, but West Virginia is still wild and even more wonderful than ever before,” Rep. Nick Rahall, D-3rd, said.

West Virginia will celebrate its 150th anniversary of statehood today. The state was created on June 20, 1863, during the Civil War by proclamation of President Abraham Lincoln.

“We invite the rest of the nation to join in our revelry and reflection,” Rahall told congressmen.

In honor of West Virginia’s 150th birthday, Rep. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., in a floor speech highlighted the 150 Reasons to love West Virginia.

Over the past few weeks, she has been collecting the reasons people love West Virginia to include in today’s speech. The speech will also be included in the Congressional Record, so the individuals who submitted the entries can join West Virginia in being part of history.

Numerous festivities are planned across the state today. In Charleston, a stamp denoting the sesquicentennial will be unveiled on the steps of the Capitol.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Wednesday also unveiled a video featuring country star Brad Paisley wishing the state a happy 150th birthday. The video is available at www.wv150.com.