One of the events I look forward to the most in Durham each year is the Festival for the Eno. This year was the 40th year that the event was hosted by the Eno River
Association. If you missed yesterday, then you have a chance to attend again tomorrow. Each year thousands of people turn out on the 4th of July for this special event, which brings together performers, vendors, but, most importantly, those who are interested in saving our environment and who understand the importance of the Eno River in our community. Virtually every segment of our community is represented among those attending this event. This year I was provided the honor of reading a section of our country’s constitution as a part of the festivities. When thinking about our Constitution, it’s important to remember that our country is a country of immigrants. However, today, there are still immigrants yearning to be a part of America who, unfortunately, are detained at our borders. We should remember how far so many people travel to come to our shores yearning for an opportunity and/or a better life. We may have come over on different ships, but we’re all in the same boat now, and we should remember those who simply seek to improve their lives by coming to America. We should also not forget to get out and exercise our constitutionally protected right to vote on Election Day for those who will best serve us. Life is so fragile, and yesterday I was reminded when a sudden bolt of lightning struck a tree less than a hundred feet from where I was standing before a sudden downpour of rain. As we live our lives, let’s not take for granted a single day and do all that we can to make this world a better place for all of us.