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By Pam Stevens
Managing Editor 

Americans’ true colors always come through in a tragedy


April 23, 2013

It’s been over a week since the horrific bombings at the 117th annual Boston Marathon that killed three and wounded dozens of others and my mind still continues to wander to the pictures of that day.

When this terror attack first happened I couldn’t stop focusing on the blood, the injured, the debris but soon, actually within a couple of hours, my focus went to the thousands of people who jumped in and helped not only fellow Americans but those visiting our country from over 96 other countries.

I am always shocked that any human being could do something so vicious and intentional to another person but I am never surprised at the outpouring of love, selflessness and simple heroics of Americans.

I love the quote by Mr. Fred Rogers which has been posted all over Facebook, Pinterest and even news stations where he states, “When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.’ To this day, especially in times of ‘disaster,’ I remember my mother’s words, and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers—so many caring people in this world.”

This was evident last week when in the wake of the bombings you saw people running toward the explosions to help people, holding and cradling heads, placing tourniquets on the wounded and even placing them in their arms and carrying them to safety.

Bostonians opened their homes to strangers so that they could have a warm place to sit, charge their cell phones and make phone calls to loved ones. People were rushing to local hospitals to give blood to help the wounded.

The reports are endless of the goodness that came from that tragic day but I am sure that none of us are surprised, it happens time and again in this country and I can’t imagine a time that it will stop. We may not all agree on our politics but Americans will never cease to amaze me, or the rest of the world I am sure, with their kindness to strangers and their love of their fellow man.


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