It wasn’t a beautiful, sunny day. There weren’t people lined up for 26.2 miles. There were bomb dogs pacing the sidewalks. It was no Patriot’s Day.
But it was perfect in every way.
Hundreds of people lined the streets between Kenmore Square and the Finish Line this morning to watch as thousands of runners ran the last mile of the Boston Marathon. For some, it was the first time they had that chance after it was taken away from them on that early April afternoon. And for others, it was just a way to honor the lives lost and to show that we are Boston Strong.
This picture from the Boston Globe says it all:
I think it’s great that they even carried a Chinese flag for Lu Lingzi. We truly live in an amazing country.
Seeing them all come around that last corner was pretty special.
This police officer was great. He never stopped clapping and giving people high fives. And it was something very special to see people run over from the other side of the road just to shake his hand and thank him.
A warm reception at the finish line:
That last picture is right in front of where the first bomb went off. Let’s think about that for a minute.
President Obama said it best: “They failed because the people of Boston refused to be intimidated and the people of the United States refused to be terrorized.”