At 2:49pm today, the baseball game between the Boston Red Sox and the Washington Nationals was halted to commemorate the two year anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing. That is at least how I was reminded of this somber moment in time.
There were other, even more poignant, events held today. The Boston Globe has the details:
In two simple ceremonies, the families of Krystle Campbell, 29, who grew up in Medford; and Martin Richard, 8, of Dorchester, the youngest victim of the attack, joined Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in pulling long swaths of yellow fabric from lightposts near where the bombs exploded.
At the center of each banner was a heart emblazoned with “Boston,” a road curving up to meet the letters.
And the Globe describes a “Service of Resiliency:”
Inside the Old South Church, which is across the street from the Marathon finish line, several dozen worshipers took part in an interfaith “Service of Resiliency” featuring prayer and song before the moment of silence.
Rev. Dr. Nancy Taylor, senior minister of Old South Church, told those assembled that, over the past two years, Bostonians have been in “a kind of intimate dance, a slow dance, but one in which he have held on to each other and refused to let each other go.”
Her message to the congregation: “Keep dancing. Because for two years now, we have been written on each other’s dance cards, and there’s no way of getting out of it. We are each other’s destiny.”
Perhaps it is worth noting that the living perpetrator, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was convicted on all 30 charges he faced, 17 of which carry the potential for the death penalty.
Perhaps for the readership of this blog, it is even a better time to consider the preparedness and response to this event. In terms of response, last week the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency released their After Action Report on the response to the bombings. I hope to post more on this report on a later date. But today’s anniversary might be a good time to take a look.
Perhaps the best memorial to those lives lost, shattered, and forever changed is to use this attack to learn how to better prevent, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover.
Perhaps the best memorial is to continue to work on becoming more resilient.
Update: Video from today’s baseball game: