A memorial on Boylston Street commemorating the two-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. (Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images)
BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- In yesterday’s Boston Globe, columnist Kevin Cullen wrote the definitive piece marking the fifth anniversary of the mass murder of spectators at the Boston Marathon.
If you haven’t read it yet, please do so, and have a handkerchief handy.
Cullen writes movingly about the lingering grief, notes that it “feels like yesterday,” and concludes that the “victims and survivors will be immortal in the place that matters most in Boston, the place that survives our own mortality, our own memory: our hearts.”
That is surely true for many of us. But for others, will the memory of what happened survive the toughest test--of time?
Just the other day, a new poll came out showing 22 percent of Americans aged 18 to 29 either “haven’t heard of or aren’t sure they’ve heard of the Holocaust.” Two-thirds of them don’t know what Auschwitz was.
Seventy percent of all adults believe that people don’t care about the Holocaust as much as they used to, and 58% believe a massive genocide on that scale could happen again.
It’s not hard to understand how this could happen.
Witnesses to the genocide and its survivors are aging out; vile attempts to downplay or debunk what happened thrive on the web.
Though not on the scale of what the Germans and their accomplices did, mass slaughter continues to occur--the current debacle in Syria is the worst humanitarian disaster since World War II.
Meanwhile, most Americans don’t know why we celebrate Memorial Day.
Forget the Marathon atrocity?
To those of us who say never falls the task of making sure we’re right.
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