A couple of days ago, we were at the post office and I noticed the flag was flying at half-staff. I conferred with Garry. Finally, we realized it was the second anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Patriot’s Day, 2013.

"1st Boston Marathon blast seen from 2nd floor and a half block away" by Aaron Tang - Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -

“1st Boston Marathon blast seen from 2nd floor and a half block away” by Aaron Tang – Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons

The Boston Marathon bombings and subsequent related shootings were a series of attacks and incidents which began on April 15, 2013, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon at 2:49 pm, killing 3 people and injuring an estimated 264 others. The bombs exploded about 12 seconds and 210 yards (190 m) apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. (Wikipedia)

That was the day that a lot of the joy went out all public events. The traditions continue, but there are shadows. There will always be shadows, fear, worry connected with any public gathering in Boston and in every city in this country. In the world.

Nothing is safe, nothing is sacred. The bombs were intended to inflict maximum injury, maiming, and death.

If there was a political point, I missed it.

The bomber, the remaining brother of the two perpetrators, has been convicted in a Federal Court. All that remains is deciding the punishment — death or life without parole. Neither seems quite enough.

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18 replies

  1. This was a very sad day. Let’s hope that this sort of violence won’t ever happen anymore anywhere in the world.


    • We all hope. And we have to also be vigilant and careful. I wish we didn’t.


      • I agree that it is sad to have to watch and accept to give away easy simple things. The other day my toothpaste wasn’t allowed it fly with me because it was too big. Not a big deal but we used to travel with whatever pleased us. Boston marathon is a big event and should not be associated to violence. Best to you and to a city I love very much.


  2. Such an awful event. You are right, there will always be fear at the back of everyone’s minds. There will be no relaxing and really enjoying the day. But we shouldn’t let the terrorists win and not go ahead with the festivities.


  3. I remember how shocked I was -again- and how helpless I felt. 9/11, Sandy Hook shooting, Boston Marathon and then worldwide the terror attacks. Scary place to be this Earth, it’s like we get used to bad news more and more and senseless attacks become the new and scary normal. I hate that so much. So many innocent lives taken or altered by insanity.


  4. I won’t try to put into words how terrible those events were. Millions of words have already been used but still they fall short. I am pleased to see you use the term ‘half-staff’ not ‘half-mast’. As my military-oriented relative would say, ‘ships have masts’.


    • I used to sail. Half mast would need a ship in the mix. I guess if you have a flagpole on a ship, it’s half staff? Just quibbling.

      I don’t think the Marathon — or Boston — will ever be the same. People won’t forget, won’t go “back to normal.” The National Guard was out walking the route this morning before the race. Nice touch, but essentially, in a crowd of 30.000, there’s no way to protect everyone from everything. I hope we get a respite from these killers for a while. I don’t even understand what his point was or who he was targeting? It seemed to me just an act of mass slaughter with no beliefs of any kind behind it.

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  5. Terrible, extremely terrible. I never will understand how people can do something like this. I watch news every time and whenever something like this is happening, my mind asks how can this be. I heard about this incident in the news back then too. It’s terrifying that these things are happening in our world. I remember you said you are from Boston, I can imagine that it was in this case even more terryfying for you as you live there. It’s insane what is happening so often in our world, it’s so hard to understand.


    • We knew the reporters covering the story. We knew runners and families. Yes, we have roots in the area. It was horrible. IS horrible. The one remaining bomber was convicted of everything a couple of weeks ago. They are holding back sentencing until after this year’s Marathon. I don’t understand it either.


  6. I agree that neither seems quite enough. An awful day. It is hard to fathom the evil within some people


    • It seems more recent probably because the verdict came in on the remaining brother the other day and now they are in the sentencing phase. It was a terrible day.

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      • I know this sounds like a cliche but the Boston Marathon bombings were another loss of innocence for many locals, for many Americans. You would think 9/11 would have been our wake up call. It was. But lots thought of it as an isolated incident even though we realized our vulnerability. The Marathon is part of Patriot’s Day in Massachusetts. It’s a holiday here. A special day when we have recreations and memorial ceremonies, remembering those who fought for the birth of our nation. It’s an emotional day even for cynics. I covered the Marathon for 31 years, beginning in 1970. The crowds were much smaller back then. It almost seemed like an extended family affair. The trial and conviction of the surviving Boston Marathon bomber hangs in the air heavier than the overcast, chill and rain permeating today’s Marathon.
        Today’s crowd is estimated at 30 thousand, blanketed by high level security.
        Indeed, a loss of innocence.


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