What's News Today: July 4, 2017

Here's a look at some of the stories we'll be following today


Danville holds its annual 4th of July Celebration today.  It start this morning at 8 a.m. with a trail run.  The Patriot Challenge consists of a 10K, 5K and children's fun run.  The at 6 p.m., celebrate Independence Day at the Crossing with entertainment, arts and craft and a magic show.  Fireworks will light up the sky as the Danville Symphony Orchestra plays. 

Four on the 4th kicks off this morning in Roanoke.  It's a four mile run and walk, raising money for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia.  On-site registration is $35.  You can register until 7:30.  The race begins at 8 a.m. at Wells Fargo Plaza in downtown.  WSLS 10 is a proud sponsor.  Jenna Zibton will emcee this morning's event. 

A downtown festival takes place today in Christiansburg.  You will find vendors, bands, an area for kids and Touch-a-Truck.  The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Then fireworks will light up the night sky.  The gates open at 8:30 p.m. at the Christiansburg High School stadium with the fireworks starting at 9:15 p.m.

Desmond Doss, Jr. will talk today about his father's life and legacy at the Bedford Area Welcome Center this morning at ten.  Doss was a Lynchburg native who refused to carry a weapon during World War II because of religious beliefs.  He saved 75 men during the battle of Okinawa.  The movie "Hacksaw Ridge" is about his life.  The event is free.

Pulaski County will honor veterans and members of the armed forces today.  The Veterans Remembrance Ceremony begins today at noon at the Pulaski Theatre.  Several organizations will take part.  Dennis Kitts, the retired manager of Training and Development at the Radford Army Ammunition Plant will speak.  The ceremony will end with a 21 gun salute and the playing of Taps.

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