During this holiday week, celebrating our country’s independence and feeling grateful for the sacrifices that people have made for me to feel free and safe, I have thought a lot about community, connection, and collective identity. What does it mean to be a community, to feel a connection and what is a collective identity?

I suppose I can blame this week’s article topic on my own personal feelings of nostalgia. Growing up in Dundalk, I have always had a sense of community. I can’t help but feel connected to the “land of pleasant living”. The heritage fair, the parade, the fireworks evoke a sense of community, connection and collective identity for me as I believe it does for many who live here.

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