Its name is the Boston Marathon, but in spirit, Monday’s race certainly felt like America’s Marathon, didn’t it?
After the tragedy and terror of last year, when bomb blasts killed three people and injured hundreds, the connection people felt with the city of Boston and those affected by the senseless acts of violence was strong — Boston Strong.
Rallying around a cause is a familiar theme in America. Who could forget the sense of unity that reigned after the Sept. 11 attacks? The angry divide between political parties all seemed to melt away — temporarily, of course.
Even as we appreciate this latest example of how formidable this country can be when its citizens come together, committed to reaching a common goal, we can’t help but wish this feeling was more lasting. And that unity happened when the cause wasn’t so easy to get behind.
The events in Boston on Monday — and all the individual acts of courage and strength that led up to them — show the best this country has to offer. Here’s hoping to see more of that spirit in dealing with the challenges ahead. Call it America Strong.
— South Bend Tribune