The Roanoker - January/February 2017 - VL6
Vinton War Memorial
Welcome to the Valley
Why Do We Love The Roanoke Valley?
For one thing, we have it all: Breathtaking mountain views and thriving downtowns. A rich arts and culture
scene and access to the state's largest lakes, longest rivers and 600 miles of hiking and biking trails.
Exemplary academics and nationally recognized health care providers. The Roanoke Valley is western
Virginia's hub for business, entertainment, health care and transportation. Our star communities-
Botetourt County, Franklin County, Roanoke County, Vinton and the cities of Roanoke and Salem-offer
walkable neighborhoods, numerous recreational activities, historical monuments and, above all, a
friendly population that is excited to tell you why they love living in the Roanoke Valley.
Fast Facts: The Roanoke Valley Is...
...just west of the Blue Ridge Mountains, 250 miles southwest of
Washington D.C. and 196 miles north of Charlotte, North Carolina.
...home to 325,000 people, and more than 1 million people use the
valley as their regional center for jobs, transportation, entertainment
and health care.
...the number-one city (Roanoke) in the nation for recent grads to
get started on their careers. According to Goodcall.com, our blend of
amenities, median salaries, jobs available and other factors is tops
among the 589 cities assessed for the 2017 study.
Sights Of Roanoke: What You Need To Know
The Mill Mountain Star was built in 1949 by Kinsey Sign Company and
Roanoke Iron and Bridgeworks. Inspired by a mountainside light display
he saw during a drive through Chattanooga, Tennessee, Roy Kinsey and
his three sons created what is now the largest freestanding star in existence, giving Roanoke the nickname "The Star City."
The Carvins Cove Natural Reserve, which covers more than
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12,000 acres, is the second largest municipally owned and managed
park in the country. Locals and visitors alike take advantage of the
many recreational opportunities at the Cove, such as hiking, horseback riding, fishing and boating. The Cove is also one of the most
popular destinations for mountain biking in the East with nearly 60
miles of multi-use trails.
Originally built in honor of those that made the ultimate sacrifice
during World War II, the Vinton War Memorial stands today as one
of the region's premier event spaces. The two-story brick building
was first opened to the public in 1948 and renovated in 2007. Four
years later, the "High Ground" Veterans Monument was added to
honor veterans and active military men and women from Vinton and
The year 2017 marks 16 years since 9/11. The City of Salem honors
the first responders with a 9/11 Memorial that was once displayed
at the Old Virginia Brick site. The 16,000-pound steel beams from the
north tower of the World Trade Center can be viewed at their new
home in front of Fire Station One in downtown Salem.