A pair of years ago, I postulated the creation of Loss and Remembrance Week – a time set aside to reflect “…on the harm, loss, and tragedy that anger has done to our country and its citizens.”
I chose the time period of April 16 through 22 because of a collection of events that happened during that time frame in various years. My initial quartet of events for Loss and Remembrance Week were…
…the shootings at Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007);
…the siege at Waco (April 19, 1993);
…the bombing in Oklahoma City (April 19, 1995), and;
…the shootings at Columbine High School (April 20, 1999)
To this foursome, I would now like to add the following event that also transpired during this seven-day period.
On April 18, 1983, the United States Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon, was attacked by a suicide bomber. The explosion killed 63 people including 17 Americans.
As I wrote two years ago, “We can’t bring them back, but we can remember.”