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Thank you for making us proud

As we assess the overall impact of the global pandemic COVID-19, I want to shed some light on what I have observed in our community.

I have watched/seen our community members including senior citizens, local business owners and the students in the Class of 2020 become victims of this virus. However, I have also seen this virus unite our community.

COVID-19 has altered the way of life that we all have been accustomed to and taught the world that we are all in this together. When life made us stand still, we fought to continue in a sense of normality through electronics, curbside pick-up and leaving gifts for each other.

We learned that small businesses are the very backbone of ensuring communities to continue on, and that they are the first to join the front line in supporting each other. We learned that our prior way of living was full of hurrying up and going to the next meeting, practice or shopping center; whereas now we take moments to breathe as we sit down for family dinners and game nights.

Medical staff, emergency response, law enforcement, human services, retail workers, farmers, truckers and food workers became our unsung heroes and essential workers. We have watched students in the Class of 2020 miss several “last” experiences with their peers, cherished faculty and staff and most of all not be able to experience a typical senior year journey. Their departure from their mandated academic studies was sudden and heartbreaking; however, their perseverance, flexibility and determination was unparalleled. They will always be cherished as a class that strived to be remembered and recognized.

The parade of students that were seen celebrating on Monday was heartwarming and we wish them the best in their future endeavors. Congratulations to the class of 2020.

Thank you to all of our essential workers.

Finally, thank you to our community for making us all proud during this challenging, life changing time.

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Aaron Wilson is a member of Lewistown Borough Council.

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