“United We Stand” was the theme for last Saturday’s Main Street parade, and thousands of Ramona residents and neighbors did just that. To say it was special would be an understatement. The ROCC parade committee deserves special recognition because what they accomplished was remarkable. After a seven-year absence, Main Street again became a place where both young and old came together to salute all that’s right with our country. The staging area was full of excitement and anticipation as hundreds of participants (including the Sentinel), made last-minute tweaks and got ready to march/walk down Main Street. From big rigs to small trucks, marching military color guards to equestrian groups, local businesses and community groups who did their best to display their red, white and blue; one couldn’t help but feel patriotic and very proud to be part of this.
Two great American traditions, parades and rodeos, were celebrated under a beautiful blue sky in conjunction with honoring our true heroes — those who serve in our military forces. And it was the perfect reminder for all of us to remember our fallen heroes this coming weekend as we observe Memorial Day. Take time this weekend to reflect on the ultimate sacrifice that was made so we can have the rights and freedom that we do today and we can enjoy simple pleasures like a parade down Main Street.
To the residents of Joplin, Missouri, and the surrounding areas, our thoughts and prayers are with you as you recover and begin to rebuild.
— Jeff Mitchell