June 20, 2011

Manchin Statement on West Virginia Day

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) today released the following statement on West Virginia Day: 

“This June 20, as on every June 20, the people of the great state of West Virginia will once again celebrate the day that our state became the 35th state admitted into the Union. And, as we face generational challenges today, our strong past will once prove that this state – and this country – can overcome any hardship. 

“Throughout my 20-plus3 years of public service, I have been fortunate beyond words to serve the great people of West Virginia. The bedrock values that I learned growing up in West Virginia -- those of hard work, sacrifice, and a desire to provide a better quality of life for our families -- are the ones that inspire my service to this state today. 

“Again and again, I have been inspired by West Virginians’ devotion to family, their love of country, their belief in hard work and sacrifice, and – above all – their undeniable spirit to weather any storm by coming together.

“West Virginia Day allows us the opportunity to learn from the countless leaders and laborers who have paved the way for the future generations. We have many reasons to be proud of our beautiful state, its kind and compassionate people, majestic landscapes, rich culture and fascinating history. All of us have a part in West Virginia’s amazing story, and on West Virginia day, we must take the opportunity to imagine the future of this great state – and this nation – and be proud of how far we’ve come and how far we will go.”