Governor and First Lady Justice celebrate West Virginia’s 156th Birthday with cake cutting ceremony and annual Interfaith Program


During an address to the students, Gov. Justice highlighted some of the accomplishments made by the state of West Virginia over the past year.

“West Virginia has been blessed beyond comprehension,” Gov. Justice said. “We continue to knock it out of the park over and over…can you believe that West Virginia has the lowest unemployment we’ve had in over a decade?

“We are on our way and we want to be able to just keep going and keep going until we are able to help everybody because there are people out there that are still really hurting,” Gov. Justice said. “We have an opportunity right now to springboard West Virginia in the fact that all these kids will end up wanting to stay because of all of the opportunities that we have within West Virginia.”

The winning show choir from the First Lady’s Art Series – Rave Revue from Ravenswood High School – also performed during the celebration, singing “My Home Among the Hills” during the event.

First Lady Cathy Justice, meanwhile, sang praises of all those who attended the ceremony for showing their dedication to their home state.

“Just being here and showing your support just means everything because that’s what we are, the people of West Virginia stick together,” First Lady Cathy Justice said. “Great things are happening and we’re just so proud of every single one of you.”

From there, the Governor and First Lady made their way to the Culture Center Theater for the annual Interfaith Program – a prayer service held on West Virginia Day each year for people of all religious backgrounds to come together in saying thanks for the previous year’s blessings and to ask for a successful year ahead.

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