SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: American spirit remains strong

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 04:03 PM.

Two brothers, one of whom is dead, are now being blamed for the act. And none of it makes sense yet.

We go to sporting events to celebrate our team and American spirit. We attend to cheer for our favorite athletes and teams. Nobody goes to a race thinking it will end with a bombing.

Even as the tragic events unfolded, the city of Boston and our nation was coming together. Rival Major League Baseball teams, the Boston Red Sox and the Kansas City Royals, honored the town and team by embracing tradition near and dear to the fans of Fenway Park.

The Red Sox returned to Fenway on Saturday in a celebration that is worthy of the great city of Boston and the game of baseball.

The announcement also has been made that the 2014 Boston Marathon will be held as scheduled.

I’ve never run the 26.2 miles of a marathon nor have I ever been to Boston. And it has been 38 years since I ran the 2-mile in high school, but in the last week I’ve felt united with the men and women of the city and the race in the spirit of America.

Last week also was another reminder of who the real heroes in the nation are. Too often we elevate an athlete to hero status because they can run, jump, throw or hit better than the average person. The fact is the law enforcement officers, fire fighters and volunteer medical personnel rushing to the explosions thinking of others rather than themselves are the real heroes.

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