Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Boston Marathon Bombing...

April 15, 2013 will now mark the day another tragedy struck United States.  The news about a bombing at the Boston Marathon began to circulate the media a little after 3 p.m. (CST), soon thereafter every media outlet picked up the story and was reporting on the two explosions that took place near the finish line. The footage of the first explosion quickly appeared everywhere, showing the first explosion followed by a cloud of smoke. In the initial reports, this explosion wasn’t identified as a bomb, but once the reports of the second cloud of smoke began to come in, most newscasters stopped calling it a “possible explosion” and began using the words “bomb” and “bombing”. Honestly, after watching the first available video I didn’t realize the full extent of the injuries and the severity of the situation. The initial video didn’t have audio and was shot from a far, so the “boom” didn’t look too scary on my screen, which explains why people didn’t jump to conclusions right away. Unfortunately, the following reports and new pictures demonstrated a different story – there was a second bomb down the street and both were significant enough to shatter glass in nearby buildings, to injure 100 plus innocent bystanders and to kill 3 people (as per latest reports). At this point (12 hours after the bombing) no one has come forward to claim responsibility for this tragedy and no one has been named responsible by the state and federal agencies as of yet.

As I was browsing through the latest information on the Boston bombing, I came across reports that sent chills down my back, especially the statements of Newtown, CT residents who were invited to participate in the marathon as a tribute to the children lost in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting massacre. The first 26 miles of the Boston Marathon were dedicated to the 26 children lost in the Connecticut shooting and some families who lost loved ones on that fateful day were seated in the bleachers at the finish line right across from the first explosion.  I don’t even know what to say here, except – I am so glad you all are safe!

On another note, something else I noticed in the post explosion footage is the reaction of the emergency personnel – when everyone runs away, they ran towards the blast. This never fails to amaze me, the bravery of these men and women who go against all their biological instincts and ran towards danger for the sake of others. We have witnessed the full extent of their selfless actions on 9/11, today and every other day that they have put other’s safety before their own. I truly believe that they don’t get enough credit for what they do on the daily bases, so THANK YOU and BLESS YOU.

Tonight, I really hope that the people injured in the Boston Bombing will recover quickly and effortlessly, while my heart goes out to those who lost their loved ones – you are in our thoughts and prayers!


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