Saturday, May 25, 2013

Remember Not to Forget

As we start Memorial Day weekend, let's also pause to remember the innocent victims of the Boston Marathon bombers. The Richard family story is especially moving, as they are affected by so much personal loss and suffering from the atrocity. We heard much news about the tragic death of 8-year-old Martin, less about the terrible injuries to his family. Parents Bill and Denise suffered serious injuries. Denise has lost sight in one eye; Bill was burned, injured by shrapnel, and lost hearing.

Martin's sister Jane has undergone a dozen surgeries on her left leg, which was amputated below the knee. This week she left the hospital for the rehabilitation center, which is another long road for a 7-year-old girl.

As our 24/7 media constantly inundates us with new shiny objects competing for our attention, it's easy to forget what happened a scant few weeks ago. But we should all make the effort to remember attacks on our homeland and fellow citizens by the Islamist terrorists who are wholly dedicated to our destruction. It's the faces of the victims I would like to see filling TV screens, not those of the brutal, hateful murderers.
Martin Richard at the Bruins game - April 11, 2013.
He has less than 4 days to live.