100,000-149,999 SparkPoints 124,299

Remembering the 2013 Boston Marathon

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

At approximately 2:49pm today, the city of Boston observed a moment of silence. It was the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings when 3 people died, one more later in the week and 260 people injured. Being from the Boston area, I watched the ceremonies on TV with heavy heart and tears in my eyes. At 2:49pm on April 15, 2013 our lives were changed. Something that was such a fun event was at that moment changed forever.

I remember working that day and although I work from home and could have had the TV or a radio on at that moment, I did not. I actually learned of the bombings from a co-worker in Brazil (yes BRAZIL). It did not take long for the world to know about what happened in Boston. The event that changed Boston and the world.

Later that week I had plans with my 9 year niece to take her for her first horse back riding lesson. Unfortunately she lives in one of the suburbs of Boston and was part of the lock down while they tried to find the bombers. How do you explain to a 9 year old something as horrible as the bombings and that she cannot get out of her house? How do you explain how a senseless act changed things forever?

Three co-workers and I had tickets to the Boston Bruins game days after the bombing. It was the first public event in Boston to be held. The streets were lined with police with big guns and Homeland security vehicles. The city of Boston was going to go on and not be afraid. It was a sobering and a joyful moment at the same time. Boston was changed.

Some things I just do not understand…terrorism, abuse (mental or physical), war, shootings at schools…. I never, never will understand. They say things like this make us stronger. I am not so sure about that but we do need to be strong to get through these things.

Today I honor in my heart those that lost their lives last April 15th , those who were maimed and those first responders who worked so hard to help those in need. You make us strong.

Next Monday is the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon and I applaud all who take part in this. You are strong!
Share This Post With Others
Member Comments About This Blog Post
    Jeannie - This is such a lovely tribute to your city, to those who survived the horror and to those who worked to save as many as they could. It was a devastating day--and yet, Boston rose up, just as New York City did after 9/11, just as Oklahoma City did after that insanity.

    Somehow, we rise again.

    I really appreciate your comment that you don't know if these kinds of things make us stronger but that we need to be strong to get through them. Very astute observation, and something to keep in mind when the next, inevitable, terror attack comes.

    In the meantime, thank you for a great blog of remembrance.

    Next Monday I will celebrate the Boston Marathon right along with you.

    1830 days ago

    Comment edited on: 4/15/2014 5:44:42 PM
    I too do not understand terrorists...or the man who shot those people outside the Jewish care centers. HOW does killing innocent people, people just going about the business of daily living, advance one's cause?

    I don't understand.

    I am so glad you wrote this commemorative blog. ((hugs))
    1830 days ago
    Remember that the goal of terrorists is not to kill people but rather to scare the Hell out of the people they don't kill!

    Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

    emoticon Until Tomorrow!

    1831 days ago
  • Add Your Comment to the Blog Post

    Log in to post a comment

    Disclaimer: Weight loss results will vary from person to person. No individual result should be seen as a typical result of following the SparkPeople program.