City of Independence Mayor Eileen Weir marked the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 pandemic State of Emergency today by releasing a virtual State of the City with the theme “Every Story Matters.” You can read the full speech here and watch the speech on the City’s Facebook Page, facebook.com/CityofIndependence, and YouTube Channel, indep.us/youtube, at 1 p.m. today, March 12.
“These past 12 months, citizens have demonstrated a courage and creativity reminiscent of the trailblazers who throughout history have been drawn to Independence as a place where new adventures and new ideas are fostered. Our great American story, passed from generation to generation, includes the brave souls that found in Independence what they needed to face an uncertain future and seek a whole new world. I believe those stories formed our city for this challenge. Our community was prepared to adapt and move to action.
Independence citizens of all ages and walks of life sewed masks, packed food boxes, and cheered for teachers, school children and health care workers with car parades and tributes. Teddy bears hunts, sidewalk art, food trucks, driveway dinners, and “porch-traits” helped people stay connected to long-time friends and form new bonds in their neighborhoods and across our city. Civic clubs, social clubs, and places of worship adjusted to online and drive-through events. The familiar took on greater importance, ensuring that the shared values embedded in the Independence story were not lost but retold during life’s total disruption.”