I'm a lifelong resident of Massachusetts living in the Boston area. Last March, the Boston Marathon was the target of terrorist act that left more than 200 injured and 3 dead.
This year, the announcement was made that there would be no bags allowed into certain areas along the route and runners would not be allowed to keep bags at the finish line,
nor carry them on their person. This notably hamstrung the efforts of service members planning the yearly Tough Ruck, where they carry the packs of fallen soldiers for the entire marathon.
Hearing this news, I immediately thought, do the organizers not realize that they are doing the exact thing that the horrible individuals that perpetrate these acts want them to do?
They want us to always be in fear, to associate fear with them.
Wouldn't a better response be for all of us to recognize that we live in a free society, but that freedom comes with a price, often the highest price of all.
To proudly continue our tradition in the face of those who would attempt to sow fear and chaos.
It sends a message that we are strong, enriched by the rational conclusion that, while we will never be 100% safe, we can be 100% free.
But to sacrifice that, for some perceived security, is folly. Change my view.
I want to qualify that I was extremely lucky to not be personally impacted by the events of last year.
I feel sadness for every family irreparably changed by that day, and I can't imagine what they had to go through.
I would be especially interested in the view of those that have been more deeply/personally affected by this and other tragedies if that informed your viewpoint.