Today we both honor and remember the four lives lost and approximately 264 that were maimed or injured at the hands of two terrorists. Two brothers chose for their on selfish reasons to commit a horrendously unforgettable, as well as unforgettable act. Not only did some lose their lives or limbs, people lost the feeling of being safe. Some business have since shut down due to financial reasons. The lives of many have been immeasurably affected in uncountable ways. Their only solace is in that one of their attackers perished trying to flee and the other sits in jail waiting upon his sentence, no longer able to hurt anyone. The City of Boston and all of its supporters have gathered round near and far since April 15, 2013. I know that none of us will forget what happened. But Knowing that there is such an outpouring of love and support from all around Boston will remain forever Boston Strong. So wherever you are, no matter what you’re doing take a moment to remember the events of that horrific day. Offer a prayer for what’s been lost but more for what has now been found. A new beginning, a bigger, stronger family. We are all united and stand together and shall allow no one to ever take this power over our City Again! Happy #OneBoston Day!
by Felina Silver Robinson
A year ago today I was planting in my garden While music from my iPhone played in the background. I heard the ding of a news alert and grabbed my phone to see what it was. My mouth hung open and tears ran down my face as I read alert that a bomb had gone off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. My heart began to race and my thoughts were frantic. I ran in the house to let my daughters know what had happened because I didn’t want them channel flipping and stumbling upon the news without me. They were frightened, but seemingly calm. We were all worried about our friends who had gone into town with their mother who was visiting from France. We were scheduled to have dinner and a sleepover that evening. The girls went back to enjoying their moviethon while waiting for their friends to arrive. I went back to gardening and listening to music hoping to hear from our friends sooner than later. Approximately an hour later we heard from one of our friends who told me that they were in the Cambridge Side Galleria when they heard the blasting of the bombs, but didn’t know at the time what they were. They told us that they tried to head home via the green line, but were told that all the trains had been shut down due to the bombing. They became frantic and worried about how and when they would be able to get home. Our plans for the evening were of course canceled as they couldn’t guarantee when they would return and were all shaken up about what happened. I let the girls know. They were disappointed, but completely understood because they too were scared.
So it was sort of sad that everyone was supposed to be enjoying finishing the marathon and the fact that they are on April vacation. Instead, people were helping those that were injured, trying to find a way home, wondering where the bombers were and whether or not anything else was going to happen. As the week progressed anxiety rose in everyone. Worried for the lives lost and the lives that were changed forever. You didn’t have to be there to be affected by what happened.
Fear was all around us, we had to remain as calm as possible and be as strong as we could. We had to move on and deal with what had happened. But first, the bombers had to be caught. On April 19th in the wee hours of the morning Tamerlan Anzorovich Tsarnaev was mortally wounded by what may have been friendly fire. His brother Dzhokhar Anzorovich “Jahar” Tsarnaev was wounded but escaped and a manhunt ensued. Thankfully, later that evening, he was found unarmed and severely wounded hiding underneath a boat in Watertown, MA and was arrested. He is now awaiting his trial.
On April 30, 2013, I posted a story “Do you know who your neighbors are?”. A year later, Nadine Ascencao, who was the former girlfriend of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has since moved out of her apartment here. It was more like her roommates asked her to leave because they didn’t like the constant attention from the press. She wasn’t there most of the time and her roommates grew tired of visits from news reporters. I’m certainly more than happy not to be dealing with it as well. The Reporters frequented our house even more because they knew that Nadine and I were acquainted and therefore felt I had to know where she was and what she was doing, but of course I didn’t. In fact I didn’t know her well enough in that way. I’m just a friendly outgoing neighbor who makes it a point to make sure that the female neighbors know that they always have a safe place if they need it. As well as someone who is willing to help when and if they need it.
I’m happy to say now that a year has gone by things have calmed down. The tragedy will never be forgotten, but I think we are all trying to get to know our neighbors a little bit more and hope that down the line nothing like this will ever happen again.
The focus is now purely on staying safe and honoring those that lost loved ones and those that were injured during the events of that day. Business suffered too and hopefully, everyone is on the road to recovery and enjoying all the events given in their honor.
Boston remains strong. Hopefully, this years running of the Boston Marathon on April 21, 2014 will be the success that it deserves to be. Visit some of your local news stations to view their tributes and happenings.
BOSTON — Thousands of people, including bombing survivors and first responders, lined the Boston Marathon finish line Saturday morning for a historic cover shoot for Sports Illustrated.
“In last year’s cover, Boylston Street was filled with destruction and chaos,” said Sports Illustrated Creative Director Chris Hercik. “We wanted to highlight the resiliency of Boston.”
Marc Fucarile, who lost a leg in the bombings, was among those who lined the finish line.
“We are strong, we bounce back no matter what,” Fucarile said.
Donna O’Connnell is a Boston resident who was planning to attend the photo shoot.
“I was here last year, I saw all the horror. Just to show that we have strength and courage, we fear nothing, I’m coming back,” she said.
Boston firefighters and police officers were among those who gathered on Boylston Street.
“It’s all about the city of Boston and their comeback. This photo is about them,” Hercik said.
Jerry Rufo, who will run his ninth consecutive Boston Marathon this year, also said he would attend.
“Not a day that goes by that I don’t think about the victims and their families and what happened. This incident brought the city together and this is just going to show how together we are and how strong we are,” he said.
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