Boston, with the Freedom Trail and the many landmarks of the Revolution, is a place where kids grow up with an acute understanding of the determination and sacrifice that gave us the nation we have today. It’s likely no accident that during the Vietnam War, Boston’s working-class neighborhoods of Dorchester, Charlestown and South Boston had some of the highest killed-in-action per capita totals of any communities in this nation.
Freedom is not an abstract concept.
Of course, we have no way of knowing whether the perpetrator of this evil deed, once apprehended, will try to justify the crime with the same warped logic used by McVeigh.
We just know that until there is such an arrest, the hand of evil will be among us.
And from this day forward, we will recall Martin Richard — a young boy who recently made a poster stating, “No more hurting people. PEACE” — as a martyr for freedom.