BOSTON (CBS) — A year ago the City of Boston was rocked when two bombs went off at the Boston Marathon Finish Line. Since then, dramatic shows of support have brought the city together as we continue to heal. As we reflect on last year’s bombing and how far we’ve come, we turn our thoughts forward to ways we are Boston Strong(er) a year later.
Here are 26 ways, we are Boston Strong(er) a year later:
Other Cities Have Our Back
In the hours and days after the bombings, tributes poured in from across the globe. Cities like New York, Chicago and London told us they had our backs and to “Pray for Boston.” In the months since, the Turin and London marathons paid special tribute to the victims of the bombings, cross-country relays were held and donations poured in from every corner of the globe. We saw what we always knew: Boston matters.
We Didn’t Quit
Though some runners were stopped before they were able to complete the marathon, it didn’t stop them. Others who completed it, wanted to go back and run the last mile again, in honor of those who were injured or killed. They finished the race – one way or another – as a sign to the marathon bombing suspects that they didn’t win. The Boston Athletic Association Director ran the whole marathon one April afternoon. A group of runners from Marathon Sports on Boylston Street took up weekly runs to remember. The bombings may have halted the marathon but it didn’t stop anyone.
Companies Stepped Up
There have been countless stories over the year of companies, many with local roots, joining in the fundraising for the One Fund. Yankee Candle created a special candle, Converse created a Boston Strong shoe, Sam Adams opened its doors to marathon survivors to craft a 26.2 brew and Adidas sold millions of Boston Strong T-shirts to benefit the One Fund.
Our Teams Got Us Through
There’s no denying that Boston is a special sports town. This year, our teams gave us as much passion and support as we give them. Who can forget when Big Papi told a sold-out Fenway, what we were all thinking? Or when the Boston Bruins paid a touching tribute to the victims, one of which was a diehard Bruins fan at just 8 years old?
We Went Back To Boylston Street
When businesses on Boylston were ready to re-open, we were there. Forum Restaurant underwent a complete rehabilitation and held a party in August, four months after the bombing. Then-mayor Tom Menino was spotted dining al fresco at Solas by the end of April. Menino also announced free parking in the Back Bay to get the affected businesses back on their feet and to show people it was safe to return.
One Fund Boston distributed $61 million to victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. A year later, donations continue to pour in from individuals and corporations. Boston Athletic Association alone, donated $250,000. A year later, events continue to be held with proceeds benefiting One Fund Boston.