Taylor Donahue ’14
Despite the public disorder following the tragic events at the April 15th Boston Marathon, the term “Boston Strong” has solidified the resilience of the city in the face of unthinkable violence and terrorism.
While the city and surrounding communities at large struggle to comprehend the mayhem within the week of the marathon, I find that such a time should be devoted to recovery of those afflicted with the bombings and shootouts at MIT and in Watertown, MA. As many Bostonians celebrate the capture of suspect number 2 in the bombings, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, I believe it’s crucial in such a moment to remember the victims of the Tsarnaev brothers: eight year old Martin Richard, 29 year old Krystle Campbell, 23 year old Lingzi Lu, 27 year old MIT police officer Sean Collier, as well the over 180 wounded in the marathon bombings.
Although the commendable efforts of the Boston police force and FBI to respond quickly to the wounded within the attacks, and spend sleepless nights to finally capture the remaining suspect number 2 in Watertown, are worthy of celebration, the city and community at large needs to aid the families and friends of the victims and wounded, as well as honor the courageous deeds performed throughout the week by civilians and officials alike. In such instances, barriers are broken and all individuals hold equal nobility as heroes.
To aid in the efforts of those greatly affected by the tragedy heal, Boston’s resilience has shown through greatly in the outpouring of recognition of the victims, financial and emotional support, as well by honoring the heroes within the tragedy. As professional sports events honor Boston with touching moments such as Neil Diamond’s performance of “Sweet Caroline” at an April 20th Red Sox game, a moment of silence at the London marathon on April 21st, and the national anthem at the Bruins game, we are reminded of the strong unity within the greater Boston community.
In such powerful global recognition of Boston, individuals from all walks of life are able to send hope and inspiration to the wounded, their loved ones, and the loved ones of the victims. I have never been more in awe of Boston’s, and the nation’s, strength after an unbearably difficult week. To continue to find strength in difficult times ahead, it’s important that we all turn to the funds and organizations created in honor of the victims and continue to offer support as the wounded and loved ones of the victims attempt to return to a sense of normalcy within their lives. Although those that were unharmed from the terror can offer a tremendous amount of support to the families, it’s crucial for us to remember that the strength of the wounded to pursue to overcome the new challenges of their life, will be all the more inspiring.
As Boston and the rest of the nation send love and care to those greatly affected by the terror, the unity amongst the greater Boston community becomes prominent and powerful, emphasizing the nation’s inability to allow such unthinkable acts of terror to withstand in a county to devoted to liberty and justice for all.