Meb Keflezighi pounded the competition to be first American to win the Boston Marathon since 1985! The race is more than a race. It is a demonstration of tenacity and a bulldog spirit, shoving defiance in the face of a people who want nothing more than to break the spirit of freedom.
Freedom and strength are demonstrated around the world by those who face the cowards of terrorism. Remembering the heroes of those who have sacrificed themselves for freedom and the idea of people who have the right to have choice is why radical ideas of twisted minds will never prevail. Winston Churchill proclaimed this unrelenting strength of a nation to the House of Commons:
We shall go on to the end. We shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be. We shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender . . .
One of the greatest American presidents, Ronald Reagan, commented years later about the same mindset of a nation:
Peace is the highest aspiration of the American people. We will not negotiate for it. We will sacrifice for it. We will not surrender for it . . . now or ever!
Defiance in the face of adversity is what sets the jaw of strong-minded people. Terrorists will always be around in some shape, but the message to them should never change: No compromise. Bring us your worst. You will not break us. Ever.