As Boston remembers the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing, Boston has learned much about itself: the city’s resilience, the courage of many and the strength of those who lost limbs and loved ones.
The bombings represented more than just a series of life-changing moments. Boston, it can proudly be said, has not turned against itself. Boston didn’t hunger for retribution in a way that might have disrupted its unity. Boston didn’t turn on its Muslim community, even though the suspects turned out to be Muslim immigrants.
This year’s race, set for April 21, will take place in an environment of heightened security including bans on carrying backpacks into the race corridor.
To show their solidarity with Boston, one million spectators are expected at the marathon, twice the usual number and has drawn a capacity 35,660 runners, about 9,000 more than last year.
“It will be a day of remembrance,” says Carlos Arredondo, who was wearing the hat when he tied a shirt around Bauman’s legs and lifted him into a wheelchair shortly after the bombs exploded. “To show that we move on with our lives. We grieve and heal.”
“Boston strong” isn’t something that emerged from the bombings. It was showing us what we had all along. Character, strength, and endurance, and Boston has shown the world it has all these characteristics.
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