PHOTO BY DEBBIE ADAMS
Wayne King from Vinton Fire and EMS observed Patriot Day in
remembrance of 9/11 by “Striking the Four Fives” in memory of
fallen comrades– a long-held tradition of firefighters.

Town staff and Mayor Brad Grose gathered in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building— the ceremony moved indoors due to inclement weather. Special Programs Director Mary Beth Layman welcomed those who took the time to attend and “to remember the price the United States of America paid for our continuing freedom.” The Vinton Police Department Color Guard presented the colors. Pastor Jae Song, former associate pastor at Thrasher Memorial and now pastor at Red Valley UMC, offered the invocation, remembering the tragedy of 17 years ago, the first responders who demonstrated their dedication, and their families who supported them.

Vinton resident Germaine Coles- Fletcher sang “The Star-Spangled Banner,” followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Vinton Deputy Police Chief Fabricio Drumond. Wayne King from Vinton Fire and EMS solemnly performed the “Striking of the Four Fives,” a tradition dating from the 1800s. “Long before radios, pagers, or…



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