Boston: One Year Later

It’s been one year…

It’s been one year since those cowards took something so precious to us and tainted it.

It’s been one year since that day once filled with happiness and support was torn apart and replaced with tears, desperation, hurt, and fear.

It’s been one year since so many innocent people were left scarred, handicapped, or worse.

It’s been one year since first responders and ordinary bystanders sprung to action – seeing things that no person should ever have to see.

It’s been one year since I’ve stood comfortably in a large crowd without scanning the people around me.

It’s been one year since millions of people sat, helpless, in front of their televisions praying for an answer.

It’s been one year since any of us have walked or driven down Boylston St. without the chills setting in.

It’s been nearly one year since the terrifying night when Boston’s finest went on pursuit of the last coward standing.

It’s been one year since hate came into our city.

It’s been one year…

It’s been one year since Boston changed forever.

It’s been one year since any of us have walked through the city without seeing a Boston Strong t-shirt.

It’s been one year since our city began to recognize our first responders as they deserve to be recognized.

It’s been one year since blue and yellow became honorary Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, and Patriots colors.

It’s been one year since we learned the names of the innocent people who were injured, as well as the names of their heroes.

It’s been one year since the city gained four new angels. 

It’s been one year since countless runs were organized in honor of those who didn’t have the chance to finish the race.

It’s been one year since the nation raised over $61 million to help the victims of this tragedy.

It’s been one year since the Red Sox rallied for a city in need of a reason to celebrate.

It’s been one year since we all rallied to bring Boston back to the perfect state of grace.

It’s been one year since hate was driven out of our city by love.

It’s been one year since Boston ran. And on April 21st, we will run again.

One year bigger. One year stronger.

“You showed us, Boston, that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what’s good. In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal. We’ll choose friendship. We’ll choose love.”  – Barack Obama
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