June 20, 2019


Washington, D.C.U.S. Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) wrote the following statement wishing West Virginia a happy 156th birthday.

“Ever since the historic beginning of our state, we have never failed to answer our country’s call. No demand has been too great, no danger too daunting and no trial too threatening. The abundant natural resources of our state and the hard work and sacrifice of our people have made America stronger and safer. When visitors come to West Virginia, I jump at the chance to tell them we are home to the most patriotic and hardworking people than most any state in the nation. I am so deeply proud of what West Virginians have accomplished and what they will continue to accomplish to protect the freedoms we hold dear.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve West Virginia. Now more than ever, I believe the rest of the nation should come around to what West Virginians have known all along – that we are at our best when we’re working together. Regardless of where you come from, what you’ve achieved, or what your party affiliation may be, I think we can all agree that, as a statewide and a national community, we want to be more united and hopeful for the future.

“West Virginia is great because our people are great – Mountaineers who will always be free.  We are tough, independent, inventive and honest, our character shaped by the wilderness of our state – its rushing streams, its boundless blue skies, its divine forests and its majestic mountains. We are West Virginians.

“Every West Virginian contributes to our state’s amazing story and on this West Virginia Day, June 20, I encourage everyone to seize this opportunity to imagine the future of this great state – and this nation – and be proud of how far we have come and how far we will go. Happy 156th Birthday, West Virginia!”