Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Still Boston Strong

It has been two years since the tragic Boston Marathon bombings took place that left our region suffering due to the horrific actions of terrorists, and even though some closure has taken place with both the passage of time and the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev nearing an end, we will never forget the day so many were wounded and killed.

Sadly, we lost Krystal Marie Campbell, Lu Lingzi, Martin William Richard, and MIT Police Officer Sean Collier.  Another 264 people were injured following the detonation of the two bombs near the marathon’s finish line, many of whom lost limbs.

Today the Senate took action to commemorate that fateful day.  First, at 2:49pm, we observed a moment of silence during today’s formal session.  At 2:49pm on April 15, 2013, the first of two homemade pressure cooker bombs exploded, causing widespread terror and panic.

Secondly, the Senate unanimously approved today’s adjournment order in honor of those who lost their lives due to the detonation of those bombs.  Posted below is the actual adjournment order offered:

Mr. Donnelly, Ms. Forry, Mr. Tarr and Mr. Rosenberg move that when the Senate adjourns today it do so in memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Exactly two years ago today, Krystle Campbell of Arlington, Martin Richard of Dorchester and Lingzi Lu of Shenyang, China joined thousands of others to cheer on runners at the finish line at the 117th Boston Marathon.

Minutes before 3:00pm, all three lives were tragically cut short by explosions that shattered the festive and joyful atmosphere of that day. 

Their lives, along with those who were injured, the first responders, and families of those affected by this heinous act, were forever changed. 

Days later, in the midst of an unprecedented manhunt, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier of Wilmington lost his life in an unprovoked attack at the hands of the same terrorists.

In the two years following those tragic and chaotic days, our Commonwealth witnessed the pain endured by the families of Kystle, Martin, Lingzi, Sean, and more than 260 people who were severely injured by the bombings.

Though much was lost that day, what was gained is more telling of who we are as a community: stories of perseverance in the face of insurmountable loss, endurance in spite of suffering, and courage in the face of unspeakable hardship.

These stories will withstand the test of time.

Though not even a guilty verdict can restore what was taken on April 15th, we hope that the families of those killed and those who were gravely injured can take a small measure of comfort knowing that the people of the Commonwealth stand strong with them - and the Commonwealth is stronger because of them.