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Marathon’s return will help prove that tragedy is temporary

After the shock comes the resolve. To rebuild. To carry on. To show the world that tragedy is temporary.

What befell Boston and its fabled marathon a year ago has happened in various forms at other times in other places. Cities have been traumatized, as New York was by 9/11, as London was by the Blitz, as New Orleans was by Hurricane Katrina, as northeastern Japan was by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Sports teams with deep local identities have been devastated by plane crashes, as Manchester United’s soccer team was in 1958 and Marshall’s football team was in 1970.

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