Gardening groups and others will plant daffodils along the entire Boston Marathon route.
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Despite overcast skies, several dozen people donned their “Boston Strong” t-shirts Tuesday in Copley Square after the shirt designers dropped off a check for nearly $ 900,000 with the One Fund Boston.
Emerson College students Nicholas Reynolds and Chris Dobens came up with the idea for the shirts hours after the Boston Marathon bombings April 15. They couldn’t have imagined the outpouring of support they’ve seen over nearly two months.
On Tuesday, they wanted to gather as many people in their “Boston Strong” shirts as they could for a group photo.
“This has been absolutely amazing to see,” said Reynolds.
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The American Red Cross launched a new website one month after the bombings dedicated to helping those affected by the bombings recovery fully.
The Red Cross has been involved in the Boston Marathon for decades, usually providing physical relief and care to runners.
“Never could I have imagined we’d be talking about a response to the Boston Marathon that included taking a central role in Disaster Mental Health, aid to the families of the injured and deceased, and a role in helping our community heal,” said Jarrett Barrios, CEO, American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts. “But that’s where the volunteers I work with were needed after the Boston Marathon Bombing, and where we stay, offering assistance.”
The new web page includes tips for coping through a crisis, supporting the community and offering emotional comfort, public thank-yous to those who have helped the relief effort, and more.
On Saturday night, residents said goodbye to one of their own and police officers from across the state saluted the bravery of a member of the thin blue line who made the ultimate sacrifice.
Slain Massachusetts Institute of Technology Police Officer Sean Collier’s body was brought down Church Street past thousands who lined the street surrounding Wilmington Town Common and waved American flags as a part of an emotional goodbye.
Collier, a Wilmington native and Somerville resident, was honored during a candlelight vigil following the procession. Members of the Collier family attended the event, and sobbed at times as their loved one was recalled.
“(Sean) is such an amazing man. A better man than I will ever be. And he was taken from us too early,” said Sean’s brother, Andrew Collier. “Sean is not in that casket. Sean will continue to live on and his legacy will continue to live on. You all will remember Sean, you will all talk about that time the police officer was tragically killed. And you will remember that and continue to do good. And because of that these terrorists will never win. They will never break down the United States, they will never break down Boston and they will never break down Wilmington.”
Though a community open house on Sunday was postponed Friday in the midst of a citywide lockdown and manhunt for suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing, Spaulding Rehabilitation Center will go ahead with other plans to celebrate its grand opening in the Charlestown Navy Yard this weekend.
Spaulding representatives had planned to hold a small thank you gala for donors, staff and local and state officials Friday night, but the event was canceled. Following Friday’s arrest, an even bigger celebration has been organized for tonight, with a performance by the Boston Pops, speaker Mayor Tom Menino and a “rousing sing-a-long” of “Sweet Caroline”—a special nod to the city’s “Boston Strong” spirit.
“I’ve never been more proud to be part of Boston and Spaulding,” David Storto, president of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, said in a statement. “Our gathering tonight will reaffirm the spirit of resilience both in the people of our city and the drive of our patients and caregivers who never give up.”
The two bombs may have shaken Boston on Monday, but our spirit is in tact.
We’re proud Bostonians – and the whole world has watched as we have risen stronger. President Barack Obama highlighted the Boston spirit on Thursday.
“Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act. If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from those values that Deval described, the values that make us who we are, as Americans — well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it. Not here in Boston. Not here in Boston,” he said.
The phrase Boston Strong is everywhere as we move on from the tragedy, comfort those who lost loved ones and help those seriously injured on Monday.
We do so as one – as Bostonians. We don’t let this tragedy stop us.
We packed the TD Garden for the first sporting event in Boston since the bombings – and 18,000 Bostonians sang in unison.