On April 21, 2014 the world reeled in horror as they watched the 118th Boston Marathon be tarnished by violence and mayhem. One year later the memory of the senseless violence that plague the city of Boston has not left the minds of not only its citizens, but the rest of the world as well. As the anniversary of the tragic incident comes closer, people from across the globe stand up and show their support to those that lost their lives, their family members and salute those that will run in this year's marathon.
The amount of support coming in through social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and others is overwhelming. Using the hashtag #BostonStrong, people are sending in their messages, and proving that even though these events happen all over, the human spirit will forever endure.
On April 21, 2014 the world’s focus will return to this great city to watch the 118th Boston Marathon. As usual, runners will take their places at the 26.2-mile mark, while friends, family, and the people of this iconic city line the streets to cheer them on. The memory of last year’s heinous and senseless act will not shy runners or spectators from celebrating this annual sporting event that welcomes participants from all over the world. Yet, we will all stand in remembrance of the beautiful people who lost their lives and those who were gravely injured in the tragedy. In pain we found love. We grieved together and chose friendship over hate. We honor the brave men and women who tirelessly worked in the days after the bombings. This short video is dedicated to the great city of Boston and its people, and especially to the victims Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu, as well as to MIT Police Officer Sean Collier who died in the line of duty. They messed with the wrong city. We choose to be Boston Strong and WE WILL RUN.
— Brian The Chiver (@btkmlk) April 15, 2014
— Katie M (@mskatiemays) April 15, 2014
— Kathleen Wimpelberg (@Jaksox) April 15, 2014
— Nikki Wei (@nikwik613) April 15, 2014
— Ally Donnelly (@AllyNECN) April 15, 2014
— Jeffrey Cameron (@jeffreyrcameron) April 15, 2014
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) April 15, 2014
“I had never been back, and this was about reclaiming it. That finish line has been a negative space since the marathon. This was about reclaiming that space in a positive way. I chose to be there. I took back control.” Celeste Corcoran, double amputee, survivor of the Boston marathon bombings.
— Burlington Police (@burlingtonpd) April 15, 2014
A year ago today and I'm still amazed at the strength my city showed. I couldn't be more proud to call myself a Bostonian. #BostonStrong
— Lyss (@_LyssaFaith) April 15, 2014
"Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy." —Obama #BostonStrong
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 15, 2014
— THE Bruins|DieHard (@FlowWitheGo) April 15, 2014
When we asked you to return to the finish line, a place that changed your lives, we knew it wouldn’t be easy.
You told us some days are harder than others, but that it’s okay to have bad days. Mostly, you told us about the goodness of others. Colleagues babysat, school kids sent you notes and neighbors cooked you dinner.
What happened that day was terror.
And terror happens when love is absent.
Boston is a city of love stories, now.
As you heal, know you inspire the rest of us to be better, still.
Robert X. Fogarty
— Life of A Shopaholic (@whatpaycheck) April 15, 2014
— Wandering Mind (@_PositiveSoul) April 15, 2014
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) April 15, 2014