Happy birthday, West Virginia! Admitted to the Union on June 20, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, the Mountain State is one of only two new states created during the war and the only one created by separation from a Confederate state. Today we celebrate 150 years of this wild and wonderful state with the West Virginia Statehood Forever® stamp.
“The Postal Service is pleased to bestow this unique honor upon West Virginia,” said USPS General Counsel Thomas Marshall at today’s ceremony in Charleston, West Virgina. “Blessed with great natural beauty of windswept mountains, waterfalls, and picture-perfect landscapes, this state has given America a deep reservoir of talent and achievement, including writer Pearl Buck, pilot Chuck Yeager, and Olympic gold medal gymnast Mary Lou Retton, just to name a few.”
The West Virginia Statehood Forever® stamp is available now online at usps.com/stamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), and at Post Offices nationwide.
Montani semper liberi! Mountaineers are always free!