We are less than two months away from one of the biggest celebrations in recent memory for the state of West Virginia, and we are certain there will be much fanfare across the Mountain State.
On June 20, West Virginia will celebrate its sesquicentennial, or 150th birthday. On June 20, 1863, we officially seceded from Virginia and the Confederacy, joining the Union and creating our own state and government.
One of the major developments of recent weeks is the passage of House Concurrent Resolution 50, which will bring the state Legislature to the state's birthplace - Wheeling - for its June interims.
Hotel rooms already are being secured, and we're sure there will be many events planned throughout the region to help showcase the Northern Panhandle to members of the Legislature who perhaps have never visited our area.
It is fitting on the 150th anniversary of the birth of our state, our current lawmakers return to where it all started, perhaps even holding some of their meetings in Independence Hall itself, touring our valley in whatever free time they might have and taking in our history and culture.
We knew there would be big plans in Charleston, as there should be, but it is good to know there are some who remember our state's history and the role the Northern Panhandle played in it.
We hope many of our communities are making plans for the sesquicentennial. In Weirton, for example, there are plans for a fireworks display on June 21, following that week's concert at the Weirton Event Center.
Each area of the Mountain State has that special element which makes it unique, and they all should be put on display for this momentous occasion.
We urge our area residents to roll out the red carpet as June 20 approaches and give our visitors a warm welcome and true Northern Panhandle experience, whether it be a trip to see Homer Laughlin or the World's Largest Teapot, a tour of our great museums or even Bethany College, a stop at Oglebay or possibly a ziplining experience in Marshall County.
This will be a historical celebration, and we can't wait to see what everyone brings to the table.