To The Daily Sun,
June 20 of this year, West Virginia will celebrate its 152nd anniversary of statehood. And, as many West Virginians believe, it deserves a celebration, and so a party is in order. All you fine folk who now make New Hampshire your home are invited to commemorate this delightful occasion next week.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin of West Virginia was invited to join us last June as we celebrated the 151st birthday of West Virginia. He regretfully declined. As busy as many governors are, traveling 17 hours for a New Hampshire version of your state's birthday would be rather above and beyond. However, the honorable Gov. Tomblin did send a message:
GREETINGS FROM GOVERNOR TOMBLIN
As governor, I'm pleased to see West Virginians celebrating our 152st birthday, even from as far away as New Hampshire! I'm sorry I'm unable to join you for this special occasion.
Pride in our state is one of our greatest assets, and I commend each of you for your unwavering commitment to West Virginia. I encourage you to enjoy this gathering to the fullest, reminiscing about your mountain home with dear friends and family.
The Mountain State is rich in time-honored tradition, as well as extraordinary natural beauty. From the gold dome of the Capitol to the excitement of white water rafting, there is truly something for everyone to enjoy; and I'm sure you each have your favorite memory of West Virginia.
Again, thank you for remembering the 151st anniversary of West Virginia's statehood. I hope you will have the opportunity to visit home soon!
(Signed) Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor
Montani Semper Liberi,
Catherine M. Reitz Tokarz