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Rahall Statement on West Virginia Day
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Nick J. Rahall (D-W.Va.) Wednesday issued the following statement on the 149th birthday of the great State of West Virginia:
“West Virginia Day is traditionally observed with family celebrations and community activities, but this day is also a day when we should pause to reflect on the history of our great state.
“Western Virginia became ‘West Virginia’ – our nation’s 35th state – on June 20, 1863. The pioneer spirit of our forefathers was soaring high and strong that day. The settlers of the western region of Virginia -- “Mountaineers” – had longed for this independence since 1769.
“Our state motto, “Montani Semper Liberi” – Mountaineers are always free – is a reflection of our dedication to family, friends and neighbors, and our commitment to deeply value life and liberty.
“I’m proud to join my fellow West Virginians in saying, ‘Happy Birthday West Virginia,’ and may God continue to bless our beautiful and bountiful state.”