Maine has always had a unique connection to Massachusetts. We were part of the Commonwealth until 1820. We are the only two states that celebrate Patriot’s Day as a state holiday. The Boston marathon is an international event but has special meaning as many Mainers either run, volunteer or just attend the event to cheer the runners. One of my dearest friends was working the starting line while her son was at the finish line. Both are safe.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who were impacted by the bombings. I just returned from Haiti and I have mentioned this in earlier blogs but what always strikes me about disasters in not the evil as much as the way humans respond to the “needs” — the good. Yesterday, while some people were escaping the immediate vicinity of the bombs, others instinctively ran toward the scene to help the injured. Runners who came across the finish line, continued to run another mile and a half to donate blood at Mass General. Today, the news has dozens of examples of heroics and for this I am grateful to be an American living in a country that rallies around those in need.
Our authorities will sort through what happened and determine responsible parties. Today, we pray for the injured and maintain our resolve to live in a free country.