Every June 20th, West Virginia Day is celebrated.
What is West Virginia Day? Simple, this is the day we West Virginians celebrate being the 35th state admitted into the Union. Supposedly, West Virginia was admitted unconstitutionally by the secession of several (then) Virginia counties in the northwestern part of the state during the height of the Civil War. After a couple years of legal maneuvering, West Virginia was formally admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863.
June 20 had been informally celebrated across West Virginia over the next six decades until the West Virginia Legislature gave the holiday formal recognition in 1927.
I will be the first to admit, I am a huge sucker for my home state. I love talking about it everywhere I go. I want people to know that I am from West Virginia without telling them… which is why I wear my WVU stuff EVERYWHERE I go! Despite the state’s lack of economic prosperity, I love it… the natural beauty driving on US 50 anytime to and from Morgantown; Mountaineer sports; sense of family everyone has with each other; it doesn’t matter, I love my state. You can move me anywhere in this nation, and I’ll claim I was “Mountaineer born, Mountaineer bred, and when I die, I’ll be Mountaineer dead” until the day I die. Needless to say, I get a tad bit emotional everytime “Country Roads” plays at Mountaineer Field or the WVU Coliseum after every win.
Anyway, enough of my history lesson and reflections. Enjoy today’s video of Head Football Coach Bill Stewart singing “Country Roads” in a Myrtle Beach bar after WVU beat Kentucky to advance to the Final Four. On a different note, if I were in that bar and found the pinhead that kept yelling “LET’S GO DUKE!” I would have knocked him out cold.
LET’S GO MOUNTAINEERS!!!