The Hoskins family gathered on their wrap-around porch Saturday just as they have for more than 30 years for the annual Fourth of July parade.
This year their quintessential Southern Main Street house was decorated more somberly than in years past. Dr. Josiah Hoskins and his wife, the third generation to own the house, and their daughter, Patience, who will be the fourth generation, said they chose the plain God-Bless-America banners because of the war in Iraq.
They had a picnic lunch and later planned to watch the fireworks display, but at noontime the family was spread out with one of the vantage points in town for the parade.
Even with a slight rain shower, the parade did not disappoint. If it moved it cruised. There were dirt bikes, horses, fire trucks blaring sirens and even a golf cart with all-terrain wheels.