Tuesday, April 16, 2013
It's a tragedy what occurred yesterday in my home state. School was off for spring break - state holiday and the Boston Marathon is a BIG deal in Massachusetts. Spectators align the route cheering on everyone. Over 27 thousand racers - some were professionals most were amateurs. For the most part we didn't care who won but individuals who trained for months passing that finish line was a major personal achievement and each and every one were cheered and supported as they ran or walked the route.
Some individual/group yet to be found had to try and ruin this perfect day. Turn personal victory into international tragedy. They underestimated our resilience. No not just Boston but ordinary people's resilience. This was not limited to Bostonians helping others in need, it expanded to all in the area whether they were American or not. It was clear although we may not be used to war on our on home front but we will run to help and care for those who were hurt if disaster strikes.
My heart goes out to the families of the 3 who died, those injured, the racers who had their dreams to complete this famous marathon crushed, the spectators who witnessed the event and any and all the medical, police, fire personnel who jumped in and cared for those injured and their families.
Now as we search for answers which may take time to find, the news media replays the incidents over and over. Sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing or bad. Constant replay with little new information versus regular updates. I think I would prefer the latter.
I am proud of my DH nephew who did run and was lucky to complete the marathon in under 3 hours before it was stopped. He has his memories to take home with him and he and his parents were unharmed in the aftermath. Given modern technology I was able to track his progress at home while I worked out of my home office.
How will this change future events not only here but in other cities who host these type of events? Do we deny the camaraderie which is formed by perfect strangers as they come out and cheer on because we are afraid of some crazy person or persons who has an agenda to hurt innocent people? As I type I just shake my head at these events. Why? I don't understand the need to hurt innocents for any agenda.