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Independence Day a local affair for Kenova residents

KENOVA — When it comes to celebrating America’s independence, people in communities throughout the nation are dependent on one another to come together and commemorate that freedom.

That was the case Monday evening in Kenova Towne Square on Monday, where hundreds of residents packed in front of the gazebo to take in the patriotic musical stylings of the Ceredo-Kenova Alumni band during “A Hometown Fourth of July.”

The annual event is one that Kenova Mayor Ric Griffith said is about observing independence as a country by coming together as a community.

“It’s important to remember that this is a Ceredo and Kenova hometown event where we celebrate these two communities we get to enjoy everyday, and we invite the Tri-State to celebrate with us,” Griffith said.

During the event Griffith took the opportunity to pay homage to members of the Kenova Hall of Fame and outgoing city officials, and Griffith along with the new city officials were officially sworn into office in front of the Kenova residents they will represent during the next two years.

“It’s important to see the people who are working for your city. I wanted everyone here to be able to meet the local leaders who are dedicated to putting all of their effort toward the city,” Griffith said. “It’s very important for everyone to see each other because we’re all working toward a common goal, and we can remember that today.”

The event is the Fourth of July tradition for Ceredo and Kenova, and Kenova residents Jenni and Ben Butler said they have been attending the event for years. It’s a tradition Jenni said they have passed down to their two young daughters.

“You can just bring everyone here. It’s something everyone of every age can come and enjoy,” Jenni said. “It’s a nice evening where you can listen to music provided by local people and get out and meet with people in your community.”

Music was the focal point of the event, but Griffith said the event was more than a concert.

“It’s a good example of the community coming together to share their best expression of patriotism,” Griffith said. “You can’t find a better way to reinforce how blessed we are, and these people know that. It’s not just about music, it’s about everyone coming together to celebrate community, family and country.”

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