I will keep this short, but I would be remiss if I didn't mention the happening of the past week. I was born and raised in Boston and it has and always will have a special place in my heart.
When I look back at the occurrences at the marathon and the events that followed, there are many images that flash through my mind.
Images of Needless Carnage
Images of Sadness
Images of Evil
Images of Heroes
But the image that will forever stay with me is one of civic pride and the good that is indwelled in the human heart and spirit.
From the moment that the bombings took place, the citizens of Boston and the surrounding communities reminded us how people are supposed to treat each other . . . with selflessness, caring, and unconditional love. We witnessed how law enforcement should work together. Local, state, federal, and the military all came together and worked as one to apprehend the suspects in an astoundingly short period of time.
We watched as a community wept for the victims, prayed for the departed, and celebrated the heroes by banding together. There were no riots in the streets, no accusatory speeches, and no ethnic slurs. There was only a sense of togetherness, pride, and a willingness to do whatever was necessary to help those in need and those in charge of the investigation.
As I bow my head in prayer for those who are no longer with us, for those who have a long road of recovery ahead of them, and to thank those who helped bring the responsible parties to justice, I do so as a Bostonian.
For today, we are all Bostonians!