A year ago today the world was reminded of what it is like to feel terrified.
On April 15, 2013, the Boston Marathon finish line was bombed, leaving three dead and more than 250 injured.
It was a horrible moment that left a lasting impact on its victims and their families.
As the smoke cleared and it became apparent what had happened, many Bostonians and Marathon attendees were shipped to hospitals to receive medical assistance.
Twenty-seven hospitals treated victims of the blasts. The images that came out of the bombing were incredible. People were being escorted away in wheelchairs without limbs. Others were left wandering, covered in soot from the explosion, disoriented and confused. In some ways it is almost impossible to see past the experience, but in others, there is no other valid option.
People were marked — in some cases physically, and in others emotionally — and potentially for a lifetime in Boston on that spring day.
But the collective wisdom of the bombing victims, which has slowly been released in media reports marking the bombing’s anniversary, has as a whole seemed to bring a better light to the narrative of what happened.
Even when they have every right to hate the men who cost them — in some cases — almost everything, many of the survivors have sounded the same note.
It isn’t a note of sorrow or hatred.
It’s one of positivity. One of hope and a dream of tomorrow.
The images of the Boston Marathon bombing are permanent and not open for interpretation, but their meaning is, and many of the bombing survivors have found that meaning.
They refuse to be defeated. They’re Boston Strong. And the Times-Herald newsroom couldn’t admire them more.
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