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December 28, 2013

Man spells out his love with lights

DANVILLE — Everybody knew Kailey Viano and Michael Burnett would get engaged someday. But nobody — certainly not Viano — expected a proposal that would light up the night sky and cause traffic to slow down.

Burnett, 34, proposed to his girlfriend last weekend with a display at his parents’ home in the 1500 block of North Franklin Street — complete with flashing Christmas lights and a recording of “Marry Me” by Jason Derulo.

“I was totally shocked and ecstatic,” Viano, 27, said, recalling her reaction Sunday afternoon. “I had no idea at all.”

The couple has been together for four years, and had talked about marriage. “But I didn’t think it would be that day,” she said. “Of course, I said yes.”

The display was put up by Burnett’s brother, Kolt Knee. He used a metal grate, put the lights within the holes in the grate and spelled out “will you marry me.” The lights blinked in time with the song.

Other family members were surprised by the nature of the proposal.

Deb Goin of Danville, Burnett’s aunt, said family had been asking Michael when he would propose, and he would answer, “I’ll do it on my own time. You’ll know soon enough.”

That Sunday, Goin had gone to Terre Haute, Ind., to pick up her mother, Rosemary Murphy (Michael’s grandmother), and she got a phone call saying to be at Franklin Street home by 5:30 p.m. She pulled up behind the couple, and witnessed Kailey’s reaction when she got out of the car, and the lights came on.

Michael also gave her a ring.

“She cried and everybody cried,” Goin said of Kailey. “That was the sweetest thing.”

She added, “They are a sweet couple and I’m very happy for both of them. Everybody loves Kailey. It’s exciting.”

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