On April 15th, 2013, two people set off pressure-cooker bombs near the finish line of one of the most popular and most watched marathon races in the world, the Boston Marathon. Hundreds were wounded, and on that day, three people died from the explosions.
It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since this terrorist attack struck one of America’s oldest and most iconic cities on one of its most beloved days. The Boston Marathon is a yearly event that residents and spectators love to attend and which runners seek to conquer. Last year that race was changed forever.
In the past year, Boston and its people have rallied to support the victims of the bombings. The Boston Strong effort has raised millions in support, and the city has come out of the tragedy stronger than ever.
In honor of the city, its people, and the marathon, we wanted to share quotes from that day last year which helped everyone in Boston and the country overcome this tragedy:
President Obama had this to say on the day of the bombings: “Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I am supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other and move forward — as one proud city.”
Wesley Korir, winner of the 2012 Boston Marathon told the press: “We’ll keep training harder, for the people who perished today.”
Howard Fineman concluded his article on the bombings with: “Today, rescuers were running toward the wounded on Boylston Street in acts of true heroism — running toward the sound of the screams. In the end, the terrorists will fail because Bostonians did not turn from their fellow men — they turned toward them. And that is the real music of mankind.”
One blogger expressed this on her page: “What every act of terror fails to understand is that Hope rises from the ashes.”
This year’s Boston Marathon is a week later than it was last year. It’s scheduled for April 21st 2014. There will no doubt be commemoration and services for all affected by last year’s events.