Friday, June 21, 2013

Country Life = West Virginia's Birthday

Yesterday was a big day here in West Virginia. It was our birthday. Not just any birthday either. Our 150th!

There will be celebrations all weekend, but the one that got the most attention around here was in Wheeling yesterday. Wheeling is the birthplace of West Virginia, and they pulled out all the stops to celebrate.

George went to Independence Hall at noon for some of the events. I was working then, and couldn't go with him. In the evening, Kevin and I went to Heritage Port on the bank of the Ohio River for a concert and fireworks. George couldn't go that because by evening, he was at work.

I realize you can't tell who is singing, so I'll tell you. That is the very talented Kathy Mattea, who hails from West Virginia. Before her, we enjoyed another big West Virginia talent,  Landau Eugene Murphy Jr., who won America's Got Talent a couple years ago. We really enjoyed the concert. And check out that cool curtain backdrop. Love it!

We West Virginian's are very proud of our state, and our heritage. Every WV student has a year of WV history in 8th grade, and our history is drilled in. We carry that with us the rest of our lives.

Facebook was alive with that pride yesterday. It did my heart good to see all the WV pride shining bright. My favorite two posts were from my own children....

From Jessica, who currently lives in VA.: 

There's a land of rolling mountains, where the sky is blue above. And though I may roam, I hurry home to those friendly hills I love.
Happy Birthday, West Virginia! 150 years young.

And from Kevin:

Proud to be a native son of the Mountain State on this historic day, 150 years strong. Montani Semper Liberi!

Kevin also wrote this on his facebook farm page:
Farming is hard anywhere, but especially so in West Virginia. We have hillsides so steep our legs are shorter on one side, blazing hot summers so humid you could wring the air, and winters so cold Jack Frost moves south. It can be a challenge, but on this historic day 150 years into statehood we would like to say Happy West Virginia Day! We are beyond blessed to achieve our lifelong dream of farming and to do it in the majestic, wild, and wonderful hills of West Virginia. Thank you everyone for supporting us!

Love my kids! Love my state!

Montani Semper Liberi!
Mountaineers are Always Free! 

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