It’s late June, and many places here in the United States are beginning to reopen after two and a half to three months of restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus. Back on April 12, in our editorial titled “Hope is not cancelled,” we cited some examples of how our community organizations were continuing their activities despite the pandemic. We also invited readers to inform us, and through us the community at large, about how you’re handling things in your area. To those who have done so: Thank you!
The Ukrainian American Veterans in Philadelphia, wearing face masks, remembered fallen comrades on Memorial Day. Community members in upstate New York, also sporting face masks, came together for their annual clean-up around the Taras Shevchenko monument in Troy. Yara Arts Group of New York scheduled a series of virtual poetry and folk arts events. The U.S.-Ukraine Foundation held an online film screening and discussion related to the anniversary of the Chornobyl nuclear disaster. The Ukrainian Bandurist Chorus held virtual streaming rehearsals for its musicians.