The fireworks show went on in Vinton on the Fourth of July, despite thunderstorms throughout the area. Brandi Thomas took this spectacular photo of the Vinton War Memorial, the flag, and the fireworks.

While other localities postponed or cancelled their fireworks displays, Vinton forged ahead, making the decision to move up the time of the show from 9:30 to 8:45 because of the impending storm.

The fireworks show was spectacular this year– launched close up from the Vinton War Memorial parking lot instead of from the more distant fields of Vinyard Park in Berkley’s Bottom as in years past.

Before the storm came, there was a patriotic program with heartfelt remarks by Vinton Mayor Brad Grose, the invocation by Pastor Grant Beecher of Vertical Church, the Pledge of Allegiance led by J.D. Sutphin of the Low, Low Chariot band, and the national anthem sung magnificently by recent William Byrd graduate Eva Pierce.

Mayor Grose thanked those in attendance who came out to celebrate “the birthday of the greatest nation on earth– the United States of America.”

“We are free because of the blessings of God and the sacrifices of so many brave men and women,”…

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