Heros then and now: Patriots Day 2013

The heros in my stories are my main characters. These heros aren’t necessarily seen as possessing great courage; They may not even be “good” in the classic sense of doing right. My heros keep moving forward by overcoming obstacles thrown at them. The reader may not even like my heros, but you will most likely admire their ability to achieve.

The heros I witnessed in the recent Boston Marathon massacre are heros of a different sort. They were athletes and volunteers, police and fire fighters, men and women on the street, running toward danger to aid those in need when the world was falling apart about them.

They were runners who, after 26.2 miles, kept running, and ran toward hospitals to give blood. They were ordinary people exercising extraordinary acts. They showed great courage. And watching from afar, I can unequivocally say, they were good in the classic sense of doing right.

Like the patriots whom the day is named after, these citizens stand for what is honorable about our country. Yesterday, Patriots Day 2013, Boston, Massachusetts, became a village banding together to face a tyranny of an unknown oppressor. Not a king, surely, but a coward. 

I have to believe Boston, my country, will band together, continue the heroic acts one by one, moving forward and overcoming obstacles. The thing to do now is to admire these heros and their acts, tell their story, become one of them, one with them.

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6 Responses to Heros then and now: Patriots Day 2013

  1. Penny says:

    So true Sally. Human nature is an interesting study. We sure have seen a lot of good vs evil lately. Let’s hope the good prevails. It seemed to yesterday in Boston with all of the heroes you mentioned.

  2. Martha says:

    Heroes do possess great courage. Courage comes in different colors, from both sexes, and from within the hearts of true and profound human beings. I only hope that I may be one of them.

    Thanks Sally

  3. Deb says:

    Someone once said, courage isn’t a lack of fear, it’s a willingness to overcome the fear to do what must be done. Yes, the bomber(s) are cowards in the true sense of the word – they are filled with fear and believe they can only overcome their fear by making others afraid. Heroes lift others, while cowards bring them down. Thank God there are heroes in the world.
    Believe in hope.

  4. joan chandler says:

    Patriots Day 2013 will be thought of as one of history’s Dark Days, I’m sure. And, for families of those killed and injured, for Marathon organizers, for Boston itself, for the US and the world, it was indeed a Dark Day.

    But in the end, perhaps it was more Glorious than Dark. Before the bombs went off, I saw countless stories of runners representing specific causes – one running for his mother, who suffers from Alzheimer’s Disease; another in the name of her mom who had died of cancer; one who had already raised $30,000 in pledges to help a charity – and then those challenged by blindness, missing or diseased limbs, those who had suffered strokes, heart attacks, diabetes – all of whom were already showing courage and determination. The perfect weather, the support of hundreds of thousands of onlookers, the charitable works, the efforts of thousands of volunteers, may still be viewed as Glorious despite the tragic developments that followed.
    Maybe it’s because we as a nation have had too much practice, but I am amazed at the speed with which Boston dealt with this horrible event. On the scene, bystanders, runners, news people, police and emergency workers switched into emergency mode and helped without even thinking about it. Within a short time the Governor, Mayor, and representatives of the police and FBI, and the national government had organized and began putting out informative bulletins. Within hours condolences and offers of help had been received from all over the world.
    One of the images shown on t.v. last night, which was a small example of the larger feeling of pulling together to reach a positive goal, was the lighted sign on the side of Yankee Stadium, which read, “NY loves B”. Such a gesture makes them heroes, too.
    Tragedies happen all over the world, many of them of greater actual proportion than what happened in Boston yesterday. But nowhere in the world is there ever a greater tribute to a nation than how its people respond to such senseless acts. No matter what happens in the forthcoming investigation, one result should be a heightened sense of patriotism.

  5. joan chandler says:

    Another nice thing: I just heard on the news that there are thousands of flowers piling up outside the U. S. Embassy in Moscow. 😀

  6. Trudy says:

    Well said, Sal.

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