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|West Virginia was formally admitted to the United States of America on 20 June 1863|
West Virginia Day is a state holiday observed in West Virginia, USA.
This public holiday is celebrated on 20 June or the nearest weekday if 20 June falls on a weekend.
History of West Virginia Day
West Virginia Day marks the anniversary of the creation of the state as a result of the secession of several northwestern counties of Virginia during the American Civil War.
Depending on your pint of view, West Virginia can be considered as either the most northerly of the southern states or the most southerly of the northern states. The geographic location of the region, literally put it on the front line at the outbreak of the American Civil War.
When Virginian delegates met to vote to secede from the union on 17 April 1861, the majority of northwestern delegates had voted against seceding. Many in Virginia's mountainous western region opposed slavery, and felt little connection to a government they saw as dominated by wealthy plantation owners. A meeting took place in the city of Wheeling, where delegates voted to side with the Union and form a separate state.
On 20 April 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation to formally admit West Virginia into the Union on 20 June 1863, giving West Virginia the distinction of being the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.
Did you know?
West Virginia's nickname is the Mountain State and its motto is "Mountaineers Are Always Free" (seen on the flag above in Latin). With an mean altitude of 1,500 feet, it is the state with the highest average altitude east of the Mississippi.