Governor Tomblin Announces Statewide Bell Ringing for State's 150th Birthday

Tomblin to participate in bell ringing at the State Capitol

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today invited schools, churches, and individuals across the state to participate in a bell ringing in honor of West Virginia's 150th birthday. The statewide bell ringing will be held on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 1:50 p.m., coinciding with a bell ringing at the State Capitol during the Sesquicentennial Ceremony.

"This bell ringing provides our citizens with an opportunity to collectively celebrate and reflect on West Virginia's 150th birthday," Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said. "Although, we may be located in different regions of the state, this will join all of us together as we commemorate the state's birthday and officially kick-off this historic celebration."

The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will be held on the south steps of the State Capitol. The Ceremony will include the dedication of a new United States Postal Service stamp commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, Sen. Joe Manchin, Thomas J. Marshall of United States Postal Service, and members of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission will join the governor for this tribute to West Virginia. Immediately following the Ceremony, the governor will cut the birthday cake in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

Those interested in participating in the bell ringing are asked to begin ringing their bells at 1:50 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, the state's 150th birthday. Bells should be rung 35 times to signify West Virginia's status as our nation's 35th state.

The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will kick off the four-day birthday celebration at the State Capitol. To learn more about the Capitol celebration or to find a celebration in your community, visit:  

* All photographs are courtesy of the West Virginia State Archives
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