Today in Boston by Ethan Underhill: 4/15/2013 — The Bombing

From the beginning, Boston has embodied resilience.

Through the storms that threatened our earliest ships from arriving; through the regime that occupied our streets and oppressed our liberties; through the hard history of hate in too many hearts, the people of this city have always found a way to love, lift each other up, and carry on.

Tragically, the shining City Upon a Hill yet again showed its grit today in 2013 when two terrorists set off two pressure-cooker bombs just shy of the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

The explosion claimed the lives of 29-year-old Krystle Marie Campbell, 23-year-old Lü Lingzi, and 8-year-old Martin William Richard. It wounded more than 260, 16 of which lost their legs in their battles to survive.

Look at any photo from that day. You can see the fear and the horror in the eyes of the runners and the volunteers and the spectators that packed Boylston Street to cheer and smile and admire the apex of human athleticism on that otherwise gorgeous day in April.

Even so, the scared and the shocked found a contagious courage in that day’s first responders, many of whom already lined the streets of Boston.

That contagious courage spread as reinforcement police, fire, and medical personnel from all over the Commonwealth collaborated to get the victims to 27 local hospitals for treatment.

And it persisted in the hearts of several thousand law enforcement professionals as they scanned greater Boston in an unparalleled search for the suspects — and as they ultimately brought them to justice on a closed-off street in Watertown.

The Marathon bombings broke this city’s heart, but they failed in their attempt to break its spirit. History has shown time and again that no one can crack this city’s, this Commonwealth’s, this country’s character. They will try to intimidate us. They will try to divide us. They will try to back us into a corner until we’re convinced that it is just so much easier to stay there.

But every time, we will love. We will lift each other up. And we will carry on.

If you don’t believe me, check out the 30,000 runners in Hopkinton this morning.

That’s what #BostonStrong means.

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