At Wednesday night’s Boston Bruins game, the crowd of 17,500 came for more than hockey. They sang our national anthem—all of them—loud, proud and clear, drowning out the featured singer. Drive around Boston this week and you’ll see flags displayed on houses and businesses while the image of Samuel Adams is being shared on social media by Millennials who, up to now, had thought he was only a beer.
Bostonians and Americans are saddened and angered, but they are also defiant, determined and, dare I say, patriotic. Everywhere you turn, the media punditry is noting our national resilience in this moment of shared mourning. That makes us Americans, they say. That makes us exceptional. [Read more…]