Each year, over 23,000 runners come from around the world to compete in the prestigious race known as the Boston Marathon. Some do it for the shear competition, but the majority of participants do it for the excitement of being a part of the longtime tradition in Boston, Mass. However, to those who participated in the 2013 Boston Marathon, their lives will be changed forever. At 2:50 p.m. on April 15, two massive explosions rocked the finish line of the Boston Marathon, claiming 3 lives and injuring more than 100 spectators. The blasts were so powerful that they shattered shop windows as high as the third floor of the Central Library in Copley Square, and many individuals closest to the explosions sustained injuries as serious as severed limbs. The devastation spread across the country, and President Obama even addressed the nation, stating, “Any responsible individuals, and any responsible groups will feel the full weight of justice.”
According to a report from nytimes.com, the explosives used in the attack were similar to those used in the 1996 bombing at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, which killed 2 people and injured more than 100. Luckily, the maximum potential of the explosion could not match the aftermath of the Oklahoma City Bombing because the explosives were placed in an area next to the race where many vehicles were already cleared, forcing the perpetrators to rely on smaller devices. President Obama did not announce it was an act of terror, but if authorities can already compare the type of explosion with past bombings, one might as well call it a terrorist attack.
Ironically, the day of the race was supposed to be a momentous occasion, as Bostonians were already celebrating Patriots Day, a day commemorating the anniversary of the Battle of Lexington and Concord in the Revolutionary War. The weather was also pleasant, with blue skies and temperatures perfect for running. The race was also supposed to pay tribute to the victims of the catastrophic Newtown, Conn. Shooting from December 2012. But instead, the day turned to chaos, and once again, Americans were left to ask one question: Why?
While this event harbored much grief, shock, and devastation, our country should realize that we must keep living our lives. While listening to 92.9 The Game earlier this morning on the radio, a caller made an excellent point. When there has been a senseless attack, the first thing the perpetrators want is the satisfaction of knowing they have caused fear. With that said we must all rise above the disaster and remind everyone that we are a strong, unified country, and trust that eventually justice will be served