On Monday there was an unspeakable tragedy in Boston.
On the same day, before the incident, I went to an event to honor veterans, those that are serving and those that have served. In full disclosure, my dad, Tony DeQuattro is the founder of Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, a 501c3 non-profit that houses homeless veterans, and because of this it is a cause near and dear to my heart.
My dad served in Vietnam, my brother in Desert Storm, my great uncle in World War II, the terror of war is not something I take lightly. I have friends who have served 4 to 5 tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, I know mothers of children who were killed in the wars, I know people who have lost limbs and I have seen the terror of "terrorism" and how it affects those back home first hand.
Why do I tell you this? Because I had a friend contact me after the Boston bombings to say that is what it is like everyday in Iraq. He told me the images on the T.V. reminded him of the horrors he had seen overseas, and how upsetting it was for him to see that unspeakable horror here in the country he has fought so hard to protect.
Then, I thought about it: this is what our men and woman in uniform go through on a daily basis, the terror that struck Boston on Monday is an everyday reality for our troops.
It's frightening for us, here, to see that our home has been turned it to a battleground. At the same time it makes what members of the armed forces experience a reality to those who often forget the country is at war. It's easy to forget when you get wrapped up in your daily life. It's there… not here, but a tragedy like this is a reminder of how quickly it could be here.
The country is at war, and lucky for us it doesn't often make it to our soil. Lucky for us we have brave men and women who VOLUNTEER, who risk their lives, who go knowingly into a war zone, where they face bomb explosions on a daily basis. They too have seen friends lose limbs, and die before their time.
The Boston attack was one of cowardice as it targeted innocent, unsuspecting civilians but for the first time for many of us, we experienced the real life nightmare that our military faces daily.
The sights and sounds of Boston on Monday is nothing short of horrifying. The things that people witnessed that day promise to haunt them for years to come and we can only hope that the innocent people affected by the senseless act will overcome.
Just as we hope the men and woman returning from overseas can overcome the demons that haunt them. As we watch the horror in Boston and pray for the victims and their families we should also say a prayer for those who have served and are serving overseas now because it is these folks that fight to keep the battleground overseas and not here at home.
Dee DeQuattro is the assignment desk manager and digital news coordinator for ABC6. She studied politics and communications and holds a master's degree from Providence College. Follow her on twitter @deedequattro and log on to ABC6 .com for her latest in depth coverage of politics and news.