On Monday, April 15th, our nation once again felt the repercussions of evil and hatred. The 117th Annual Boston Marathon was the scene of two homemade bombs that detonated within seconds of each other. Three people were killed, and hundreds more were injured. During the frenzy, thousands of heroes emerged: first responders who ran towards the blasts, EMS and medical personnel who spent countless hours helping the injured, law enforcement agencies who have been working around the clock to bring the responsible parties to justice.
As senseless and horrible as this tragedy is, it seems to have brought the best out of people. There are countless stories of residents offering up their homes to strangers who need a place to stay, providing food and beverages to the stranded runners, and helping each other out in every way they can. Ordinary citizens ran towards the blasts in an effort to help those who were injured. Marathon runners crossed the finish line, then continued running to the hospital to give blood.
The photo included with this post is of Martin Richard, 8, who was killed in the explosion. His sign says “No more hurting people. Peace.” I think we could learn a lot from Martin.
This is the United States of America, and must stand united in times like these. Our thoughts and prayers are with Boston and all those affected by this. God Bless America!