No matter where in the world we were standing when we first heard the news, our hearts were in Boston, along with our thoughts and prayers.

Two explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday, April 15 injured more than 130 people and killed at least three, including an 8-year-old child.

In the aftermath of yet another devastating act of violence, people all over New England, the United States and the world shed tears for those who lost loved ones and those who will have to carry with them the trauma of that moment for the rest of their lives.

And the question we most often hear at times like this is the one that seems to have no answer: “Why?”

Why don't some people realize that life is precious? Why would anyone kill an 8-year-old boy who was there to cheer on the runners?

The Boston Marathon was a target simply because the event drew a large crowd of people and offered a chance to hurt as many as possible.

However, it is also in many ways a symbolic event. People dream of running in the marathon. They train for months or years to be part of it. These men and women go there to test themselves, to seek the limits of their endurance and reach for a new level of achievement. The runners come from many different places in the world and they include young and older athletes.

As the New York Times stated the morning after, “A marathon is the most unifying of sporting events. …There are no sides to root for or against. Those who stand on the sidelines — as they have done in Boston since 1897 — come to celebrate runners from around the world. The country or neighborhood of origin of the competitors matters far less than their stamina.”

The people cheer from the sidelines because these runners inspire the rest of us. They show determination and spirit.

Gary Allen of Cranberry Island, who was there for his 21st Boston Marathon, described the race as a great American tradition.

“This is a big day for tens of thousands of people,” he said.

He said he would gladly give back the medal he received for finishing if everyone could be OK.

Allen also asked how we can continue to hold events like this that draw thousands of people together in a world where this sense of vulnerability is a target for violence.

The answer is we will continue to run and have marathons and come together as communities, and we will actively defy fear and hatred and violence the only way we know how, with life lived to the fullest and love for those around us.

That love was demonstrated by those who rushed to help the people who were hurt Monday.

It is easy to become discouraged as violence hits closer to home. Boston has a special place in our hearts here in Maine's coastal corner of Red Sox Nation. But as the president said, we will show our resilience.

Now is the time to show the affection and support we feel. We urge our readers to show their support for Boston. Wear that Boston “B” cap with pride and snap a photo and send it in to us. Let everyone who runs in this community snap a picture or video with their phone and send it in to us. When we run, let's run for Boston.

The only thing we can say to those who have faced this tragedy is, “You're not in this alone. All of our hearts are with you.”

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