We must all stand as one

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Denton County residents may notice changes in security measures at some public events in the near future, and we encourage them to support the men and women who are responsible for overseeing enforcement.

Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing has heightened concerns about public safety and prompted discussions about ways to help safeguard visitors to future events — here and across the nation.

Tuesday morning, President Obama and other officials called the Boston Marathon bombing an act of terror. They also called for public vigilance in case the attack was not isolated.

As authorities continued their investigation into explosions that killed three people — one an 8-year-old boy — and injured at least 176, they promised to find those responsible, although they cautioned that it could take time.

They also asked those who were at the race to send photos and videos that could help determine who planned and carried out the blasts.

A few of those who took part in the race and were witnesses to the tragic aftermath were from Denton County. The Boston Marathon’s website listed seven participants from Denton and one each from Hickory Creek and Providence Village. There were a total of 42 registered participants from Denton County.

Some have shared their feelings about what they experienced with our staff members.

As major events — such as the Kaufman County shootings involving the district attorney office’s personnel and the explosions at the Boston Marathon — have occurred, area officials began talking about security locally, according to Jody Gonzalez, fire marshal and emergency management coordinator for Denton County.

While officials had not heard anything from federal or state officials at the time Gonzalez spoke with us, he said they would likely look at similar events in the coming days, weeks and months.

Denton County has been asked to add security to the upcoming opening of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on May 1. Officials also would look at adding security to any larger gatherings in Denton, such as the Denton Arts & Jazz Festival.

As we mourn the three individuals who lost their lives in Monday’s bombing and offer prayer and support for those who were injured, we give thanks for the heroes who were close at hand on Monday and provided aid to the victims.

Race participants and spectators rushed to help — some fashioned tourniquets to staunch the flow of blood and others carried victims to aid or did whatever they could to provide comfort and support.

We may not yet know the motives of the person or persons responsible for this heinous act, but we agree with officials’ statements that it was an act of terror — any time bombs are used against innocent Americans, it is an act or terror.

And Americans will not yield to such tactics — as the response to Monday’s blasts illustrated. We will stand together to resist any threat.

Part of that resistance is to remember our responsibility to remain alert and to report any suspicious activities that we observe to authorities immediately.

As future public events unfold, keep your eyes open — and be patient and cooperative if security measures create delays or require extra precautions and be courteous to those who are working the event.

Remember — when it comes to securing our nation, we’re all on the same team.

 


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