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Schools, churches and individuals across West Virginia are invited to ring their bells in honor of the state's 150th birthday.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Saturday extended the invitation, asking participants to begin ringing their bells at 1:50 p.m. Thursday, June 20 to coincide with the bell ringing at the state capitol in honor of the sesquicentennial celebration.

 "This bell ringing provides our citizens with an opportunity to collectively celebrate and reflect on West Virginia's 150th birthday," Tomblin said. "Although, we may be located in different regions of the state, this will join all of us together as we commemorate the state's birthday and officially kick-off this historic celebration."

The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will be held on the south steps of the State Capitol. The Ceremony will include the dedication of a new United States Postal Service stamp commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday. Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., Thomas J. Marshall of United States Postal Service, and members of the West Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission will join the governor for the tribute. Immediately following the ceremony, the governor will cut the birthday cake in the Great Hall of the Culture Center.

Bell ringers are asked to ring their bells 35 times to signify West Virginia's entrance into the Union as the 35th state.  

The Sesquicentennial Ceremony will begin the four-day birthday celebration at the State Capitol. To learn more about the Capitol celebration or to find a celebration in your community, visit: www.wv150.com.