Jeff Spinello (left) and a veteran admire Spinello's American-themed light display.
Men and women who serve our country are coming home with traumatic brain injuries, post-traumatic stress disorder and amputations. This holiday weekend, a light spectacular in Fluvanna County is a beacon of hope for those disabled veterans in central Virginia.
Jeff Spinello is known in Fluvanna County for his musical Christmas display. Now, for the first time, he's putting on a patriotic show you don't need to grab your winter coat to see.
Spinello's light display at 4 Lewis Court in Lake Monticello is up and running for a month of bright, musical patriotic wonder.
"It's all red white and blue with American flags and patriotic music and it's got a really nice theme to it," he said.
Spinello worked with the New York based company, Animated Lighting, which plans the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree display, to design this show. Ten-thousand lights on the lawn, porch, windows and roof of his home dance to patriotic music to the tune of giving back.
"Our goal is to try to raise money for a charity locally," he said.
The show is free, but every year visitors tend to donate money. This time, the donations will help the Charlottesville chapter of Disabled American Veterans provide services to veterans in central Virginia.
"We have a DAV van service which is available here in the Charlottesville area and the surrounding counties - we drive to McGuire hospital, take veterans down there for their appointments," said Delton Lee Everton Jr., Commander of Chapter 33 of Disabled American Veterans in Charlottesville.
Spinello says this is his way to way to shine the spotlight on our dedicated service men and women.
"That's why we have the freedoms that we have and I think we need to honor them, and that's what Memorial Day is all about," he said.
The show will run through the Fourth of July. It starts around 8:30 and goes until 10 p.m. every night.