Editorial: Boston tragedy a reminder of our local heroes

  • Posted: 4/27/2013 1:01 PM
    6/1/2013 5:51 PM

The tragedies in Boston are more unfortunate reminders of just how fragile human life can be. Unfortunately, as has become far too common in today’s age, individuals seemingly take other’s lives and well-being into their own hands in an attempt to prove a point.

Whether that point is for religious reasons or personal beliefs does not matter. It is unlikely that the means, should alleged bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev ever be able to voice them, will justify the end. Most would likely struggle to understand any motive that would try to excuse an act that left three dead, 178 injured and an officer with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Department slain.

The Boston Police Department’s officers are heroes and continue to be treated as such. Even in North Augusta, it’s not uncommon to walk around town and see those who show their support. This past Saturday at a local restaurant, a woman was spotted with a shirt that had, written in Sharpie, “Boston Strong” on the front and “One dead, one captured” on the back.

It is events like this that unify us as a nation. More often than not, there tends to be bickering over menial things, ranging from what Lindsay Lohan is doing to what Kim Kardashian is wearing. We, as a country, stood unified with the people and protectors of Boston in their time of need. The hours in Watertown felt like days, with developments constantly breaking and the story rapidly reaching its conclusion.

However, it is important not to limit our gratitude and thanks to those who serve the public through tragedy. It shouldn’t take moments like these to remind us that there are real people risking their lives every day to protect us from those who wish to do us harm.

It’s not just police officers. Firefighters, those in the military, EMS and other medical personal also are heroes. They may not have capes, but every day they’re saving lives and, sometimes, risking their own lives for their fellow man.

Let’s not also forget the war veterans and those serving our country right now in the military. We should also remember those who came before us; those whose names may be inscribed on walls or textbooks, or maybe even forgotten in the sands of time to all but their families. Everyone, in one way or another, has had his or her life altered by heroes, even if it’s not as direct as what we saw in Boston.

So while you’re out and about, if you happen to see someone in uniform, take a moment to say thanks. It may seem like a minor gesture, but, in a world where there is no Batman or Superman, these are the heroes.