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Charleston, W.Va. - U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) wishes all West Virginians a Merry Christmas and issued the following statement about the holiday.

“I want to wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. This is the best time of the year because there’s so much to celebrate - especially the love of our families and friends. It’s also the season that has brought hope and joy to the world since that very first Christmas more than 2,000 years ago. During this blessed time of the year, I hope all of us will share the gift of God’s love by giving of ourselves and by sharing generously with those in need. And let us offer special prayers of comfort for those who have lost loved ones this year, for the sacrifices of our military troops and their families, and for those left in grief from the unspeakable violence against the innocent.

“For the New Year, let us resolve to build a future of peace, safety, freedom and prosperity for all.  On behalf of my wife Gayle and the entire Manchin family, including our brand new grandbaby, Vivian Gayle, I wish everyone the happiest of holidays. And God bless us all - the great people of West Virginia and the United States of America and the courageous men and women of our armed forces who stand watch over our holiday celebration. Merry Christmas, everyone.”

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