The 53rd Nod Hill Parade stepped off on July 4th with floats and costumes, music and marchers. It celebrates America and patriotism, and that spirit which makes this country so special, so vibrant, and so interested in keeping the traditions alive.
Had I been a bit more creative myself, I would have entered and possibly competed for an award before the judges. What follows is what I might have said to them. As Chief Joseph returning to old Indian Hill, I’d offer a proclamation to both organizers and participants in the annual extravaganza. They deserve thanks and recognition for perpetuating the tradition and for keeping so sharp a focus on this very special place — Nod Hill — and on the larger community in which we reside. So, here’s the text.