June 15, 2018

Manchin Statement on Celebrating Father's Day

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) today released the following statement about the celebration of Father’s Day.

“Of everything I have ever done, being a father and ‘Dadoo’ have brought me the most pride. Today, we celebrate all West Virginian fathers and father figures who work tirelessly to raise their families, to be good role models to our young people, and to love and support the ones closest to them.

“During a Sunday sermon in July of 1908, West Virginia became one of the first places to devote an entire day to appreciating fathers. The occasion was prompted by the tragic deaths of 362 men, most of whom had children, due to a coal mining explosion the previous December. The parish painfully understood the value that the pillar of fatherhood holds in a community, and made sure it never went unnoticed. To this day, West Virginians have continued to take pause once a year and carry on the tradition of thanking fathers and guardians.

“I encourage you to spend time with your families and take a moment to thank our fathers for their strength, guidance and love, which has shaped us through the years.”