What Resilience Looks Like

Decatur’s Unstoppable Spirit

Photography contributed by community members: Willard Lariscy, Stan Orkin, Michael Pollack

THIS YEAR WILL be remembered. There is a collective grief over losses big and small. Circumstances required change and leaders and heroes stepped up.

But beyond the challenges and the rise to meet them, the calendar didn’t stop.

As birthdays, holidays and other big moments came, we looked to each other to find new ways to make a big deal out of the big deals.

We celebrated in new ways.

Enjoy some of our favorite images that capture the spirit of our neighbors who refused to let the year cancel everything.

Fourth of July

Without big public fireworks displays and big travel plans, neighborhoods stepped up with their own lights and action.


New Patient

Photo by Willard Lariscy


Pomp and circumstance played from the cars instead of the gyms as they lined the streets with grads. There were no limited tickets, so everyone got to take part in clapping and cheering from the sidewalks. Some would even say this method of getting your diploma beat sitting in a gym for hours listening to speakers.


When social distancing means a party isn’t possible, ingenuity was required. Big yard signs became the public display of affection. There were even happy honks as friends drove by.

Photo by Stan Orkin


Photo by Michael Pollack

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Photo by Stan Orkin(3)


Innovation won this holiday as neighbors went big and went home in their exterior decorations. We saw parades where old and young could strut their best costumes to socially distanced on-lookers. And trick-ortreating went self-serve with tables at the end of driveways or through masterfully engineered candy shutes.