Boston Marathon

It is natural to focus on the violence that occurred at the Boston Marathon last year but I was struck by the wondrous response of so many to the explosions. First responders without hesitation rushed to the site without hesitation despite the probability that there would be other explosive devices. Total strangers performed incredible acts of bravery and compassion. Massive injuries threatened the lives of many victims but all who were brought to trauma centers survived massive wounds and injuries. The heinous act of two cowards paled compared to the community responses by the citizens of Boston. In the end the murderous intent born out of hatred was met by a city the was able and willing to show the ability of courage and love to overcome any tragedy. We cannot ever forget the victims and the ongoing challenges that face so many whose lives were shattered, but when the race is run next week we will realize that “Boston Strong” is more than a slogan it is a living testament to the power of love and community.

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