From: Anna Maria Chávez, National CEO
Date: April 16, 2013
Subject: Boston Marathon
Yesterday, our nation watched in horror as
innocent Americans and athletes from around the world were victimized by the
bombs that exploded during the Boston Marathon.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts had
a team of runners participating in the Marathon, made up of volunteers who were
running to raise money for our Movement. I am very happy to report that
all of our runners and council staff are accounted for and unharmed. It
is important that we remember however, that among the inured are likely to be
women and men with a connection to our Movement; who themselves were Girl
Scouts, or whose daughters, sisters, mothers, or friends were involved in Girl
Scouting at one time in their lives.
The Girl Scout family was attacked yesterday,
because the American family was attacked yesterday, and the two are
inextricably linked together. For most of us, this kind of attack on our
country gives rise to the palpable feelings of shock, hurt, and remorse carry
with them shades of that terrible September morning twelve years ago. But
we must remember that courage trumps fear every time; that our Movement is
stronger when we turn towards one another for comfort and strength, and when we
remember that for all the damage that a cowardly bomb can inflict, it can never
break our spirit, or our will.
Our entire Movement mourns with America
today. We mourn for the precious lives that were lost, and send our love
and support to the families of those injured in this horrible act. We
send our thoughts, our prayers, and our love to our sisters and brothers in the
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, and we resolve to rededicate ourselves to
the core values of our Movement: to be courageous and strong in the face of
violence, considerate and caring in the wake of tragedy, and to be a sister to
every Girl Scout, in this difficult time of need.
bless you all on this sad and difficult day.