No matter how divided we are, when tragedy strikes humanity and compassion takes over. Monday, as many runners were still crossing the finish line, bombs exploded, killing three people and injuring almost 200.
Those moments became seconds and minutes become hours as spectators and others put self aside to help strangers.
WFMY News 2 highlighted some of those heroes on Tuesday.
As we watched the story unfold, the horror of it all is what hurts your heart first.
But then, you see them: the heroes.
The bombs are the headlines, but the heroes are the stories.
Heroes like Carlos Arrendondo, known as the man in the cowboy hat.
Carlos was waiting at the finish line for all the runners who were racing on behalf of fallen soldiers, because one of those fallen soldiers was his son - a marine killed in Iraq.
After the blast, Carlos cleared debris, rushed to the scene and helped this man with a leg injury.
Carlos talked to him kept him calm and kept his mind off the pain.
"Stay with me, stay with me."
Carlos helped save this man's artery and his leg.
This hero is a runner who helped a man. He and another woman stopped what they were doing to stop his bleeding until first responders could get there.
And, of course, there are the first responders, always running toward danger as others naturally run from it.
We also saw heroes who asked for different kinds of help.
Those heroes dropped to their knees to say a prayer, asking for comfort for those caught in the madness.
They stopped to give a hug, embracing the pain, the tragedy, hoping they can make it stop - if only for a moment.
Those who tore off their own clothes to put pressure on dangerous wounds.
They are the runners - after finishing a 26-mile marathon - they sprinted to the closest hospital to give blood.
These are the stories we want to remember. While we are angered at the evil that prompted this, chose to harm us, our children, our nation, there is comfort that comes from the tender hearts who helped and are helping.
We take time to remember the heroes.