KATIE ZERR: Once again, we will persevere


It was another tearful day Monday, April 15, as tragedy again struck the United States. Another cowardly bombing that took the lives of three people, maimed dozens of others and reminded us how much our world has changed in a short time.

Two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Monday, changing a once peaceful and joyful celebration of life and personal triumph into a bloody scene of horrific violence.

We have lived through many tragedies in our lifetime. We have seen mass destruction and were brought to our knees in agony and disbelief as New York and Washington came under attack on 9/11.

Our hearts have been shattered by the deaths of men, women and children through acts of senseless violence. We are still raw with emotion of the mass murder of innocents at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Our prayers are still filled with pleas for help for those who suffered loss in their lives.

Yet here we are again, hearts heavy with grief for the families whose lives were shattered as those bombs exploded on Monday. We mourn for Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy who had just celebrated with his dad, who had crossed the finish line. We pray for the family of Krystle Campbell, who has lost a shining light in their lives.

We are saddened to know across the globe another family mourns the death of a child, the third victim, a Chinese national, and Boston University student.

We have not had a chance to fully heal from the endless parade of violence that has become a regular occurrence in our lives. For some of us, we will never heal.

As we hear details of the coward or cowards who inflicted this terrible damage on the soul of our nation, we wonder how hate could grow so strong and the respect for life so weak.

The voices heard on the video tapes of the bombing said it all as camera operators from the Boston area can be heard muttering, “Oh my God,” as they scanned the bombing site. We watch as police, soldiers and marathon officials rushed to the aid of injured, pulling aside the debris and clearing the way as medical personal from nearby tents went into crisis mode and with battlefield methods, prepared the injured for transport to area hospitals.

What the coward who packed those explosives into metal containers with nails to maximize the carnage forgot to take into consideration is what makes this country the best there is: the people.

There were those who rushed away from the scene, not knowing what was yet to come, but the videotapes show more rushing to the aid of those injured in the blast. We saw people on their knees applying pressure to wounds severe enough to cause the wounded to bleed to death in a short time. We saw people taking their own clothes to apply tourniquets that possibly saved lives. We saw a nation coming together seconds after the blast to rally around Boston and rush in to help.

These cowards may be able to take lives in these sub-human acts, but they cannot and will not take away something they obviously do not understand: compassion.

They will also never take away our resolve to find the perpetrator or perpetrators of this act. They will be brought to justice.

We watched again on Monday a visual reminder of the cruelty of the world we live in, but once again an act of terror and cowardice only made us stronger.

In this moment we mourn the loss of life, we are shocked at the damage done. We pray for the survivors who face the challenges ahead. And we vow that this will not go unpunished.

We will persevere. We will come back stronger. We will enter the next battle with more determination to win.

There will be a Boston Marathon next year.

Americans face our enemies and we will win.


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