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Radford Parks and Recreation receives award at VRPS State Conference
Radford, VA. - Over 500 delegates from around the state gathered last week at the 64th Annual Conference of the Virginia Recreation and Park Society held in Tysons Corner, Virginia. The conference is a learning exchange and provides an opportunity for recreation and park professionals to discuss areas of common interest.
Highlighting each year’s conference is a formal presentation of awards. This state-wide program honors individuals, departments and organizations throughout Virginia who have demonstrated excellence in any of several areas during the previous year. 115 applications were received vying for awards in 14 different categories. Judged by a jury of its peers, Radford Parks and Recreation received an award in the Snapshot Moment (population 25,000 and under) category for the “More than a name on the Wall” photo. The photo, taken by Don Lyons, is of Veterans in front of the Bisset Park Gazebo at the July 4th “Spirit of America” Celebration.
Radford Parks and Recreation Director Ken Goodyear said, “The Radford July 4th event is called the “Spirit of America Celebration” as we honor our nations’ freedom. The event is structured around honoring the veterans who served our country and allow us to be a nation with freedom and liberty.”
Over 100 veterans proudly come up to the stage with be with Jimmy as he sings the song. Friends and families in the crowd bring them small American flags to hold and wave during the song. The veterans stand proud knowing that they made it possible to live in a free country.
US Army Specialist and Junior Vice Commander of the VFW776 Charlie Burton describes the tribute, “While Mr. Fortune delivers this song, it is a powerful statement that resonates through each of us, for past memories of faraway places and the times we shared. Memories to those we have lost, both that we knew and didn’t know, stand with us all and listen to the message.”
David Ridpath, Radford City Manager’s said, “The July Fourth holiday is dedicated to celebrating the birth of the United States as an independent nation. The nation comes together in a celebration of independence, patriotism, and freedom. In Radford, we view the fourth as a time to celebrate the “Spirit of America” and to honor the sacrifices of veterans.”