, Newburyport, MA


April 18, 2013

Amid chaos, courage and compassion shines through


President Obama recognized this heroism in a news conference yesterday.

“The American people refused to be terrorized,” the president said. “ ... So, if you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil — that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. Unafraid.”

That selflessness and compassion were evident from the moment the day’s celebration turned to tragedy. Runners still on the course headed to city hospitals offering to donate blood. Boston residents used the Internet to offer their homes and apartments to those stranded and needing a place to stay.

The comment sections of stories about the marathon bombing in newspapers around the country and abroad were filled with sympathy and well wishes for the people of Boston. At sporting events Monday night, players and fans, even from usually bitter rivals, paid tribute with moments of silence.

The Chicago Tribune’s sports section Tuesday posted a wonderful message of support to Boston sports teams and their fans. And Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, fans sang Fenway favorite “Sweet Caroline” as a token of solidarity.

We are grateful for all these gestures of support, large and small. We are thankful for the courage, skill and quick reactions of those who responded at the scene of the bombing.

And most of all, we are proud to call all of you our friends and neighbors.

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