The eyes of the country and the world are fixed on Boston this week on the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
The survivors’ stories and those who helped them that fateful day and over this past year are being retold and updated. These stories and images are captivating and inspiring our nation all over again.
The survivors, many of whom lost limbs in the bombing, are stars shining brightly for all of us to see. Their journeys to regain their lives over this past year have taught us all lessons in perseverance and resilience. The grace these people continue to display in the aftermath of this unspeakable tragedy is awe-inspiring.
Their personal stories of learning to stand, walk, run and dance again are profiles in courage. They have provided real-life examples of what the word hero means.
Likewise, the way the Boston community rallied to support those affected by this tragic event is remarkable. President Obama spoke for all of us when he paid tribute to the spirit of Boston:
“We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.
“Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on — perseverance, freedom and love.”
The Boston spirit is indeed strong. It’s impressive. It’s inspiring. It epitomizes the American spirit.
There is another inescapable lesson emanating from Boston this week. The cowardly and senseless act of violence designed to provoke terror and shake our country’s resolve has had the exact opposite effect.
The Boston Marathon bombings have served to unite our country. Just like Pearl Harbor and other terrorist acts, it strengthens our country’s resolve and defiance, reinforces our pride and fuels our patriotism.