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The Intelligencer Marked First Day of a New State

June 20, 2013

Editor’s note: This account of the day’s statehood festivities appeared in the June 20, 1863, edition of the Daily Intelligencer of Wheeling....

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Jun-20-13 12:45 PM

A home is more than its economic status, growth rate, or ranking. Home is the place you love, whether or not you live there at the moment. Home is where your family lives, your memories are. Home is the place from which your heritage flows. West Virginia, with her mountains, her liberty, and her courage will always be home. Montani Semper Liberi--and happy birthday, West Virginia. You were born in fire, but you exist as a flame of beauty and liberty. I am, and forever will be, a mountaineer.

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