Hope cannot be erased nor spirit wiped out. This is what we learned following the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 20 years ago today, April 19. I remember watching television news and reeling at the sight of the bomb-torn building and photographs of children who were missing or known to have lost their lives. Each body subsequently discovered in the rubble sent a shock wave through my consciousness. No one wanted to believe domestic terrorism was possible.
My new work location for a government agency brought me to a building that offered day care on its premises, exactly like the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Months later, a fire alarm sounded and my colleagues and I evacuated the building. I wondered, was this a copy-cat performance of Oklahoma City?
We still hurt from the memory of the Boston Marathon bombing only two years ago. At the recent trial of the bomber, we relived the horrific events, opening old wounds. Seen as a premier athletic event, the Boston Marathon has also become a standard for resiliency.
Twenty years ago or two years ago, spirit burns on in the hearts and souls of people who will not give in to hate. Hope, faith and love give us strength and propel us along the path.
Photos: Oklahoma City Memorial Chairs and Meb Keflezighi running 2014 Boston Marathon, Wikipedia.