Americans fuss and fight. But when someone attacks one of us, they attack all of us.
That's when we find ways to come together and make a difference.
For example, in Birmingham, local runners, including some who crossed the finish line in Boston shortly before the blasts occurred are giving back to help the people of Boston.
Some of the runners from Birmingham who were in Boston on Monday say, they will not let terrorism or this tragedy deter their spirit.
35-year-old Blake Trotter can't forget the blasts at the Boston Marathon. A race he had completed just 90 minutes earlier.
"The first (explosion) was the loudest and closest in proximity to the room, about 150 yards away, and it shook the building and shook the windows of the hotel room," says Trotter. "I went down to the lobby and was able to look across from the front of the hotel into the medical tent area, and saw just a bunch of paramedics and physicians running around. You could kind of see the smoke still in the air, and people running around panicked."
Randy Lyle has run 21 marathons. His first Boston Marathon is one he will never forget.
The blasts stopped him a half mile from the finish line.
"We had no idea what it was at the time. After we waited a few minutes, I knew something more was happening than just an accident," says Lyle. "You could see they had the road closed, and you could see a lot of activity, we were at least two to three blocks away from the activity at the time."Despite the events in Boston, Lyle's spirit and desire to run weren't dampened. "(Tuesday) morning, when I got up, I made it a point to run as close to the area as I was allowed to," says Lyle. "I did a short run, almost in defiance I guess. These (terrorists) aren't going to stop us from running. If I could go back tomorrow, I would."