My hope is that today we will pause and remember.
This past Saturday, April 16th, marked the nine year anniversary of the shooting at Virginia Tec. Thirty-two lives were taken on a day that began as any other for those students and professors. They headed to class exhausted from late night studying, wondering if their students would be prepared, wondering if their instructor would put them to sleep or inspire them to tackle the world. How we wish the normal happenings was what actually transpired, but we wish in vane. What happened on that campus that day would resulted in lives been lost forever, families being shattered, a college community traumatized, and a country asking why.
Last Friday, April 15th, marked the three year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Three lives where taken in the blasts and 264 others were injured. The emotional trauma of those present that day will remain. After years of training and competing in qualifying events, over 23,000 runners from around the world gathered for race day. They estimate that close to 50,000 spectators crowded the streets to cheer them on. Roughly three hours after the winner of the race crossed the finish line, as 5600 racers still were finishing their race, the first of two bombs went off followed just twelve seconds later by the second.
I hope that we remember the lives that were lost and the individuals, families, and communities that are still grieving. I also hope that we will pause and reflect on those who acted and those who continue to act to protect and bring healing in the midst of great fear and sadness.