Thoughts on Days and Community

This coming weekend is Memorial Day.

Any other year, there would be a parade and ceremony on Monday morning to honor those who gave their lives in military service to our country. It's a solemn and thoughtful occasion that has been proudly organized by the American Legion Copley Frank Bender Post 473 every year since 1933.

And the weekend, falling as it does just before the end of the school year and the start of vastly more pleasant weather, also generally serves as a reminder that it's time to come out of our annual hibernation to celebrate life and community with family and friends.

It's the weekend that, any other year, would kick off a festive season of farmers markets and Sunday concerts with the Historical Society's Strawberry Festival in June and culminating in August with Copley Heritage Days. It's a time of feel-good excuses to come together with your neighbors and maintain that sense of connection to your community that makes Copley a wonderful place to call home.

Obviously, though, this is not any other year.

Organizers of various community events have come to the justifiable (but still quite difficult) conclusion that what happens to be in the best interest of the community this year is to cancel.

So without these events, brought to us all through hours upon hours of volunteer efforts, how will you be maintaining that sense of connection to your community?

Will you be supporting local shops and seeking out small farms? Will you be learning more about those various event committees so you can pitch in when plans resume for next year? Will you be shouting your community love from the rooftops so your friends and neighbors can feel it, too?

That's what we'll be doing in The Loop (though we're always open to new ideas if you'd like to share!). Because Copley is our community and it truly is a wonderful place to call home.

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