Serafino Nolletti, the mayor of the city of Logan, was given the Distinguished West Virginian Award at the 2015 WV Freedom Festival.
After the military salute Saturday July 4, Amber Miller Viars, city clerk for the city of Logan, called the Logan Shrine Club, Nolletti and Raamie Barker and Robbie Queen, both of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s office, to the main stage.
Jeff Reagan, president of the Logan County Shrine Club, presented Nolletti with a plaque and addressed Nolletti and the crowd at Freedom Festival saying, “We talked this over several times. Mayor Serafino has been really supportive — him and his team… They are always there when we need them. We talked about it and we would like to give this to you in appreciate for everything that you and your city have done for us.”
Miller Viars explained the Nolletti’s journey to the mayor’s office by addressing the crowd from the main stage saying, “This is our 15th anniversary. The WV Freedom Festival started 15 years ago this year. It started from a one day festival that lasted about three hours. It was a block party, a parade and about $2,500 in fireworks. So, you see what we are now 15 years later, and he [Nolletti] is the backbone and the heart and the soul of the growth.”
Miller Viars then introduced Barker and Queen. Barker explained, “Amber called a few days ago with an idea to show some respect for the mayor and his accomplishments here in the city of Logan. The Governor has decided to extend to Serafino Nolletti a great honor. In fact, it’s the highest honor that the state of W.Va. can give to one of its citizens. On behalf of the Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and the great people of the state of W.Va., we do, hereby, present you with the Distinguished West Virginian Award.”
Queen added, “I would just like to say that, as a resident of the city of Logan and someone that’s grown up here all my life, there’s more that I know you do for this city and the governor knows you do for this city that you are ever acknowledged for, and we know why you do it. It comes from the heart, and that’s what makes all the difference. Thank you.”
Nolletti thanked the guests and accepted the award saying, “This really, really, really means a lot to me. I wish my mother and dad that made me the way I am today could be here with me to see what you all have done for the me today. It really means a lot. I want to try to give back to you all. You all are the reason that I’m still here and will always be here no matter what. Thank you all.”