We have just returned from the Fourth of July Parade here in Ojai, California. The parade in Ojai is different in some ways from the ones we recall on Cape Cod. There are neither bagpipes nor boats but lots and lots of horses. And many of the riders are in colorful dress reflecting their Mexican heritage. But there are many more similarities: veterans and marching bands, schoolkids, oldsters, and elected figures, marching or riding in convertibles, flatbeds, tractors or antique cars. And the spirit is identical: joyful, relaxed, proud.
It is a helpful reminder that, for all our differences and debates, we are a nation of many different people but with a common purpose and a common destiny. E pluribus unum. Let’s try to keep the Fourth of July spirit going throughout the year.
– Doug Parker