Yesterday, on April 15th, 2013, a terrorist bombed the American National symbol- the Boston Marathon. As we write this article, the official data is 3 deceased, including an 8 year old boy, and over 170 injured, with some patients having 40 pieces of shrapnel inside them according to Dr. George Velmahos, trauma surgeon at MGH. But this article is not to point out the devastation our nation faces, but rather, the unbroken American spirit of overcoming anything and helping others in need.
The Boston Marathon is truly an American symbol because it is not only one of the largest, but it also requires time qualifications for its participants, making it prestigious. The Boston Marathon truly represents American athleticism, endurance, and fortitude.
“No matter how many days, months or years pass without a major terrorist attack, it only takes one such attack to bring us back to the cruel reality,” Interpol chief Ron Noble told The Associated Press early Tuesday. However, what we should take from these bombings is not solely the devastation and destruction, but also the strength, unity, and solidarity that the heros who helped in the carnage yesterday demonstrated.
America, throughout history, has faced many devastations, the most recent being 9/11. The Boston Marathon is a reminder that in order to preserve our freedom, democracy, and American spirit, we need to unite together in order to persevere, move forward, and pursue justice. No matter what, No terrorist, whether large or small, can break our American Spirit and Strength!
Patton Oswalt said it perfectly: “You watch the videos of the carnage and there are people running TOWARDS the destruction to help out. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, ‘The good outnumber you, and we always will.‘”