Earlier that week on April 19th, the Federal Building in Oklahoma City was destroyed by a car bomb. 168 people, including 19 children were killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history.
Then 4 years later that very same week was when Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold went on a shooting spree at Columbine High School in Colorado. 14 students and 1 teacher were killed.
In 2007, a male student shot and killed 32 students and wounded 15 others on the Virginia Tech campus.
In 2010, a BP oil drilling rig off the coast of Louisiana killed 11 people and dumped more than 13,000 gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
And finally this year we had two tragic events happen within days of each other. The Boston Marathon bombings that claimed 3 lives and injured hundreds and the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that has taken an estimated 14 lives and injured hundreds as well.
All these people's lives were changed in an instant and each year I am blessed to be able to celebrate another birthday with my son.