Letter: Thank you, Rappahannock, from SVFD

Independence Day 2010 was celebrated in an immeasurable fashion again this year at the Thornton Hill Hounds Race Course on July 4. Citizens attended from all corners of Rappahannock County and elsewhere to hear musical entertainment, witness the reading of the Declaration of Independence, and see exhibitors, hot air balloons, children’s games, vintage tractor displays and more than 30 minutes of fireworks. B&B Signal Company (Julian and Paul Brown) donated an American flag to fly high above the event grounds.

There was a sense of community in the air at Thornton Hill that made one feel proud to be a Rappahannock County citizen as well as an American. The positive feelings associated with the event, as well as the successes of the celebration, were the result of the hard work of the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department members.

Celebrating our country’s birthday would not have been possible without the support and generosity of our underwriters, Bill, Jamie and Lilla Fletcher, The Hampton Foundation, Greve Foundation, B&B Signal Company, Greg Williams Tree & Landscaping Service, Rappahannock National Bank, and Martin and Cheri Woodard.

The Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department would like to thank all of the subscribers who sponsored the event. There were more than 30 local corporate sponsors this year.

The celebration would not have been a success without the participation of the non-profit vendors. They were well represented and provided a tremendous service by promoting their worthy causes and wares to the citizens attending the celebration. Fire and rescue companies across Rappahannock County participated in the event which contributed to the festive atmosphere. Their hard work did not go unnoticed by the July 4th Committee and the citizens alike. Every member of each fire company and rescue squad company is recognized for their invaluable service they provide the citizens of Rappahannock County. The July 4th Committee extends a special appreciation to all fire and rescue members for their participation and dedicated service.

The venue for the event was nothing less than spectacular. Special thanks go out to the Fletcher family and the Thornton Hill Hounds for allowing the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department to use the home of the Thornton Hill Hounds to hold this special Rappahannock County event. The grounds were manicured to precision by the labor-intensive work of Williams Tree & Landscaping Service. Greg Williams’ donates his personal time, equipment and his employees every year for the good of the cause making this event a continued success.

As the festivities concluded with fireworks bursting into the air, Joy Heddleston’s rendition of the national anthem was indeed a blessing to all in attendance and to Rappahannock County.

We would like to especially thank the members of the July 4th Committee and more importantly the members of the Sperryville Volunteer Fire Department who donated countless hours to ensure the success of the event for the fourth consecutive year. Please take the time to thank each of them personally when you see them in the community.

The committee extends a special thanks to the Boy Scouts, the Rappahannock County Sheriff’s Office, and numerous other volunteers for their support in managing the event.

Lastly, we would like to thank everyone who attended this festival. Your attendance is what guarantees the success of the event. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Gary T. Settle, Richie Burke
Co-Chairs, July 4th Committee

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