Strength in the face of tragedy

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - You feel helpless at times like this. The images unfold on television of dazed people in the aftermath of a tornado that swept through the suburbs of Oklahoma City. The death toll rises. It includes children trapped in the rubble of a crushed elementary school. The loss is unbearable for families and friends of the victims.

We have seen it so many times before. And yet, once again, even in the depths of despair you see people coming together, volunteering to help others. It is a grim determination I've witnessed firsthand so often,  from the aftermath of Hurricane Andrew to the days and weeks following the 9/11 attacks.

I was in Boston over the weekend and saw the same spirit there. It is just more than a month now since the Boston Marathon bombings. The signs in Watertown, where the teenage bombing suspect was caught, speak to resilience. They say, "Boston Strong, Watertown Strong."  

I know the same strength will emerge in the days to come in Oklahoma and other storm ravaged areas. It won't ease our collective heartache, but it will be another reminder that we do come together in the worst of times to hug, help and rebuild.

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