BOSTON (CBS) – Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has asked people to mark this anniversary of the Marathon murders as “One Boston Day,” and commemorate it with acts of kindness for others.
“We’re asking people to try to go and help people and do something in the spirit of collaboration, the spirit of giving…[and] take what was a very sad day and turn it into [something] very positive,” he says.READ MORE: Man Secretly Buys Ice Cream For Everyone In Line At Nanabette's In Woburn
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I like this idea a lot. But while thinking it over, it struck me that in some ways, every day around here is One Boston Day.
Just consider the pre-game ceremonies at Fenway Park on Opening Day. Pete Frates and his family were honored by the Sox. What amazing role models they are of the spirit of giving, with what they’ve done for charity in the midst of everything they’re going through.
And to see the Richard family participating in the event was an object lesson in courage and class from people who’ve been embraced by the community and are embracing back.
Perhaps you caught the sight last weekend of survivors Dic Donahue and Heather Abbott giving blood at a Watertown blood drive. Do I even have to say what a moving gesture that is?READ MORE: Massachusetts State House Remains Closed To Public Weeks After COVID Restrictions Lifted
Other, less united cities can go up in flames when there’s a fatal force incident involving police, and the most reckless voices are the loudest. Here, there are politicians and clergy and neighborhood heroes who really know and care about their community, and won’t let it be stampeded.
We’re not paradise here. We have our share of problems and shortcomings.
But we have faith, soul, and strength. And today reminds us we can make it through anything if we stick together.
Not just on One Boston Day.
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