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Tragedies should never be forgotten

April 18, 2013

 

It seems as if tragedies happen in an endless cycle.

 

A horrible event like the bombings at the Boston Marathon happen, and thus begins a new cycle.

 

Many in the nation feel deep sadness such as thatfelt for the 27 murdered victims in the Sandy Hook Massacre.

 

People panic and become paranoid. They wonder, “Can something like this happen where I live or will it happen where I live?”

 

Questions begin to be asked: Who did this? Why did they do it? Why wasn’t it prevented? What can we do to keep something from happening like this again?

 

Suspects are searched for, some found, some not.

 

If the suspect is not caught, people feel terror. If the suspect is caught, people still feel terror.

 

People ask themselves, “How could this happen?” or “What kind of monster would do this?”

 

The perpetrator is discovered to not be such a monster after all –- they are just a normal person who just went crazy or has a history of mental illness that was either ignored or not recognized.

 

Then the blame game starts: The government didn’t do enough. The government did that. This was just all an elaborate conspiracy!

 

The push for new legislation begins. More security is need -– lots more security! New bill, new bill, new bill!

 

Either the legislation gets passed, gets watered down by a compromise, or just fails to go through.

 

The legislation is named after one of the victims or the event.

 

People feel a little better and a little safer.

 

A memorial is put together for the victims.

 

Time passes, and people recall what happened not too long ago.

 

As the years pass, and the fifth anniversary of the horrible event takes place with a little less sadness than when it first happened, but the memory is still fresh in the mind.

 

Five more years go by, and people remember the tragedy on the 10th anniversary. The painful memories of the event begin to diminish a little, except for those who were affected personally by the event.

 

It becomes OK to joke about the event. A movie might get made, a few books are written.

 

More time passes, and the event soon becomes a distant memory like Pearl Harbor or more recently the Oklahoma bombings.

 

But what people fail to do in every cycle is remember the victims of these events.

 

Are any of the Holocaust victims’ names remembered or those who died in 9/11 except for on the memorial plaques and in the museums? Yes, their names are on the memorial, but is the emotion there when a person looks at that inscription?

 

Go watch the videos of the 9/11 attacks, look up the photos of the children from the Sandy Hook Massacre and watch the videos of the bombings as many times as it takes to ingrain the memory into the brain.

 

Care about the victims.

 

Do not forget their names, write the names and post them on a wall, write them in a book. Remember those names.

 

Do not let time diminish their names to simply residing on a slab of marble or a piece of paper. Marble can keep the name alive, but not the emotion.

 

Remember the victims – Martin Richard,  Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi – of the bombings that took place during the Boston Marathon and any future tragedy.

 

Don’t repeat the cycle.

 

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