Help us celebrate West Virginia’s birthday
With West Virginia’s 150th birthday coming up next week, we’re asking our readers for help in putting together “Celebrating Our Sesquicentennial,” a keepsake feature that will appear in the next edition of the Spirit.
Please take a minute this week and write in to share what it is that you love most about West Virginia.
You can talk about anything from your favorite spot in the state (walking around historic Harpers Ferry, watching West Virginia University football, visiting Blackwater Falls State Park, golfing at The Greenbrier), a West Virginia tradition you love (the ceremony formalizing top eighth-graders as Knights of the Golden Horseshoe or Bluefield’s practice of handing out lemonade whenever the temperature hits 90 degrees) or an aspect of the state’s unique history (we are the only state carved from another state during the Civil War).
Or maybe your favorite thing about West Virginia is food-related: cole slaw-topped hot dogs or pizza or pepperoni rolls; or tied to an outstanding Mountain State native such as Chuck Yeager, Mary Lou Retton, Stonewall Jackson, Pearl S. Buck, Anna Jarvis, Don Knotts or Jerry West.
We’d also welcome the chance to hear about a favorite memory tied to West Virginia – or whatever else is on our readers’ minds as the sesquicentennial nears. Heck, I’ll even give you mine.
Send your responses – they can be as long or as short as you’d care to make them – to us at the Spirit newsroom, 114 N. Charles St., Charles St., 25414 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Then look for yours and other readers’ answers in “Celebrating the Sesquicentennial” in our June 19 edition, along with other special features we’ll include to mark West Virginia’s big birthday.
– Robert Snyder