|This was taken at Mile 26 of the 2012 Boston Marathon. Pretty poignant now.|
Not only is this a loss in the physical sense for the innocent victims and their families, but also because Marathon Monday/Patriots Day in this area is probably the most joyous day of the year and it will now forever be tarnished. Those not from the Boston-area likely can't understand what exactly this holiday is like for the city: It's a day that marks the start of spring and sunshine and warmer weather, where it's not only acceptable but expected that everyone will play hooky from work, go into the city, meet up with friends, smile at strangers, cheer on runners, watch the Red Sox game, flood the pubs & restaurants, and just have a fantastic and relaxing freebie day. In the midst of so much self-absorption that is rampant in any city, it is a day when Bostonians feel a sense of camaraderie and pride to be part of such a wonderful city and such a revered international event. As a friend of a friend wrote on his Facebook wall of his experience running in the Boston Marathon:
the first responders, EMTs, medics, police, and civilian volunteers who did whatever they could to save lives yesterday. They are true heroes, as were the runners who kept on running straight to the hospitals to give blood once they heard what happened. In the face of evil, there is always good to be found.
|Boston's Finest. True heroes.|