As details come forth of that fateful Tuesday in Littleton, the world will not soon forget high school student, Cassie Bernall.
Cassie will be remembered for saying only one word — a word that will be used forever to illustrate the courage and compassion of a young girl confronted with a choice between love and hate, good and evil.
When the gunman asked her, “Do you believe in God?”
A frightened Cassie said, “Yes.”
And then she was murdered.
Cassie Bernall, an innocent teenage girl who never imagined being caught in such a horrific circumstance, will be remembered in history as a modern day martyr who heroically told the truth, at the moment of truth — a young girl who will forever after be held as a model and beacon of hope for those who may doubt their faith or convictions.
Maybe there is something we have learned from this tragedy:
If Cassie can stand for her beliefs, how easy it must be for the rest of us to follow her lead, stand with her, and echo her one word refrain — “Yes.”