With Thanksgiving coming up soon, it’s a great time to think of the things we’re thankful for. As West Virginians, naturally we’re thankful for a lot of things about the Mountain State. Here are some reasons the entire country should be thankful for it as well.
1. Mother's Day
The world has West Virginia to thank for Mother’s Day, which was first celebrated in 1908 in Grafton.
2. Father's Day
Father’s Day also started in West Virginia. It started in 1908 after the first Mother’s Day. It was partially inspired by the Monongah mining disaster, which killed 361 men and left around 1000 fatherless children.
About 9 percent of West Virginia's population have served the country in the armed forces, according to the Washington Post.
4. Its sweet whitewater
West Virginia has some of the best whitewater in the East.
West Virginia has some great places to ski -- like Snowshoe Mountain, shown here.
6. Its hiking trails
West Virginia's hiking trails are awesome, too.. I could list more of the state's outdoor recreation opportunities, but let's just say West Virginia is basically one big playground for outdoor lovers.
7. Beautiful scenery
West Virginia is one of the most beautiful places on Earth. I’m thankful for views like this everyday.
Coal miners from West Virginia keep the lights on and have long risked life and limb in the mines to do so.
9. Tudor's Biscuits
Thank you, thank you, thank you….
10. The great people
You can’t deny West Virginia has some of the best people in the world.
Why are you thankful for West Virginia? Let me know in the comments.