West Virginia Day is observed in the American state of West Virginia celebrated June 20 each year. The celebration is all about the creation or formation of West Virginia as a result of the secession during American Civil War.

The West Virginia motto is “Mountaineers Are Always Free.”

The state was formed during the civil war; the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond chose to join the Confederate States of America. Unionists gradually after two years of legal maneuvering and WV formerly admitted to the United States of America on June 20, 1863.

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In 1927, on recognition of West Virginia Day, the WV Legislature declared a holiday.  Simultaneously, the day has traditionally been celebrated with festivities at the state capital and other locations across the country.

Governor Tomblin tweeted in his Twitter to celebrate WV DAY 2016 on Monday, and he explicitly said to show pride wherever you are in our great state. The nicknames of West Virginia are “The Mountain State” and Switzerland of America”.

“I think family is important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past and family members had to depend on each other.” David Selby

“I’m a native West Virginian, and I’ve been called everything from a hillbilly to a stump jumper. I’m always proud of it; I’m very proud to be a West Virginian.” John Raese

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“Since the turn of the 20th century, members of the Jewish community in Upper East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia have been meeting to celebrate and worship.” William L. Jenkins

“I grew up in a small town in West Virginia called Kenova. It’s the city where the plane crashed from Marshall University. I watched the mountain burn, and my cousins were the volunteer firemen. I was six years old at the time.” Brad D. Smith

Five states - Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Illinois and North Carolina - have been identified by the EPA as contributing significantly to Rhode Island pollution. As of 2010, 284 tall smokestacks - stacks over 500 feet - were operating in the United States: needles injecting poison into the atmosphere.-Sheldon Whitehouse

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I want to talk about jobs, and health care and pension security and what we’re going to do to stop the brain drain in Ohio and make it possible for our young people to stay here and build a life in Ohio rather than in Pennsylvania or West Virginia or God knows where.-Ted Strickland

I mean, I didn’t ever watch ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and think, ‘Those people are actors.’ I lived in West Virginia. Hollywood just felt like this total another universe. —Jennifer Garner


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