FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2019 file photo, a pedestrian passes a makeshift memorial for the slain and injured victims of a mass shooting that occurred in the Oregon District early Sunday morning in Dayton, Ohio. Ever since “Boston Strong” became a rallying cry after the Boston Marathon bombing, the idea of “strong” has become an inescapable part of how this country heals after tragedy. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

With every new tragedy, another 'strong' campaign

August 07, 2019 - 10:07 pm

BOSTON (AP) — Ever since "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry after the Boston Marathon bombing, the idea of "strong" has become an inescapable part of how this country heals after tragedy.

People mourning this past weekend's mass shootings in Ohio and Texas have rallied around the slogans "Dayton Strong" and "El Paso Strong."

After many tragedies, the mantra has been used in social media posts, memorials, pins, stickers and other mementos.

Massachusetts resident Christopher Dobens co-created the blue and yellow "Boston Strong" T-shirts that helped rocket the phrase into the national lexicon.

He says the idea was inspired by Lance Armstrong's Livestrong cancer foundation and the U.S. Army's "Army Strong" slogan.

Dobens says it's heartbreaking to see so many places have had to adopt the "strong" mantra because of violence.

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