Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates have agreed that during the week of June 20, they should in effect come home - to Wheeling. We encourage state senators and Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to join the delegates.
During that week, a variety of interesting, entertaining and significant activities will be held in Wheeling to celebrate our state's 150th birthday. It was on June 20, 1863 that West Virginia formally joined the Union as a sovereign state.
Sesquicentennial activities are being planned throughout the state, of course. But here, they will center on West Virginia Independence Hall, where the state was conceived and born. It was only in later years that the state capital was moved to Charleston.
Earlier this week, members of the House of Delegates voted to hold legislative interim committee meetings in Wheeling during the week of June 20, by adopting House Concurrent Resolution No. 50. The measure now will go to the state Senate where we expect approval also will be granted. That will clear the way for legislators to meet in the historic, restored West Virginia Independence Hall building.
And, though Charleston also will be having sesquicentennial activities on June 20, we hope the governor can join us in the state's birthplace, too. Bringing state government back to Wheeling - where it all started - for a day will be a wonderful complement to other activities planned for our state's 150th birthday.