Vienna to honor West Virginia’s birthday

VIENNA – “Mountaineers are always free.”

Many people don’t know West Virginia has a pledge of allegiance, Vienna Mayor Randy Rapp said. The pledge serves as a constant reminder that Mountaineers are always free and the pride West Virginians’ have runs through the state’s majestic mountains and fertile forests.

Vienna is holding several celebratory events in honor of the state’s birthday.

The Vienna sesquicentennial celebration will include an antique car show, singing and learning about the state’s history on June 20.

Vienna will kick off celebrations at 10:30 a.m. with a parade to run down Grand Central Avenue and over to 34th Street. The parade will lead to the Vienna Community Building around noon where a program with speeches from Rapp and Councilman Jim Miracle will discuss the state’s history.

During the parade, corners of the city will be lined to commemorate war veterans and the senior citizens of the city, Miracle said.

The West Virginia State Song will be sang by the Jackson Middle School choir, under the direction of Kristen Allodi. Rapp will welcome the group and the Rev. Pat Kerr with Wayside United Methodist Church will do the invocation. Miracle will talk about the state’s history and importance of statehood to the city and residents. All in attendance will sing happy birthday to the state. Cake and punch will be served inside the Vienna Community Building and Pastor Bill Brown with Vienna Baptist Church will do the benediction.

Members from the Jackson Middle School choir will sing “Country Roads” by John Denver and church bells will ring at 1:50 p.m., followed by a tree planting by the Vienna senior citizens at 2 p.m., as will the rest of the state.

The events in Vienna will be conducted due to the cooperation from the Parkersburg Woman’s Club, Vienna council members, Peoples Bank and the Vienna Baptist Church Woman’s group.

It’s not too late to sign up for the Vienna Beautification Committee competition to plant gold and blue flowers and show any signs of support for the state.

“Anything residents can do to show their pride for the state,” Miracle said of the competition.

To sign up for the “Stripe the Town” competition visit www.vienna-wv.com and fill out the form. The deadline for registration is Saturday. Judging will be held on June 18-19, Miracle said.