Please no points on this one.
Yesterday, as I'm sure most of you know by now, my city of Boston was struck by an attack that claimed the lives of at least three people and wounded at least 140 others. Two bombs were detonated mere feet from the finish line of the internationally renowned Boston Marathon just before 3pm. The race was shut down, Boston's fine hospitals were jammed with injuries that were more like those found in war zones, and the entire region went into panic as people tried to locate loved ones and friends who were running, or waiting for someone to finish the race.
I watched the marathon yesterday from a spot near my parents' house, in Newton, MA; mile 19 of a 26 mile race, far from the scene of the bombing. From where we were, it was a perfect day; sunny, a perfect temperature for an April race. The joy on this, the greatest day in Boston's yearly calendar, was everywhere as thousands of dedicated runners, many supporting local, national and international charities, streamed past. It was the celebration of Patriots' Day here in Boston, the day that the American Revolution began in 1775. The Red Sox won in a dramatic walkoff victory earlier, the media was celebrating the victors of Boston's crown jewel of a race, and then this.
One of the dead was an 8 year old boy from Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. He was there with his mother and sister, waiting for their father to finish the race. He was also the former student of a friend of ours who taught in Boston. His sister lost her leg. His mother was severely injured. He was killed immediately. And of course his was far from the only family touched; the Boston Marathon is a national and international event, with runners from all over the world. The bombs went off just behind a display of flags representing the origins of the runners that day. Afterward, those flags lay on the ground, looking - as one Boston journalist has said - like victims.
No one today has much more information than they did yesterday. There are, as far as anyone can tell, no suspects. No group has stepped forward to take responsibility; I'm not convinced, given the nature of the devices and the attack, that any will. I'm also not sure it matters. My city was attacked, and it will spend a long time healing. Whoever was responsible for this has already done their worst; I'm not sure it matters who they are or why they did it. I do know that Boston will come back, as New York did, as London has, as Madrid has, as cities in Israel, Iraq, and many other places are forced to do on a regular basis.
I posted this shot today obviously because of its subject matter - it was taken only an hour or two before the bombing - but also because of what it symbolizes: people helping others, taking joy in their collective effort and triumph. The boy here is just a bit younger than the one killed seven miles up the road; I hope he is able to grow up in a world where senseless violence like this is at least on the retreat rather than the advance. In other words, a world very different than our own.
I'll leave this today with a song, appropriately called 'Road Runner', by Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers. Sometimes called the first punk song, it's also a love song to the state of Massachusetts.
"Roadrunner" - Jonathan Richman and the Modern Lovers
one two three four five six
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive past the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on
I'm in love with Massachusetts
And the neon when it's cold outside
And the highway when it's late at night
Got the radio on
I'm like the roadrunner
I'm in love with modern moonlight
128 when it's dark outside
I'm in love with Massachusetts
I'm in love with the radio on
It helps me from being alone late at night
It helps me from being lonely late at night
I don't feel so bad now in the car
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
Said welcome to the spirit of 1956
Patient in the bushes next to '57
The highway is your girlfriend as you go by quick
Suburban trees, suburban speed
And it smells like heaven(thunder)
And I say roadrunner once
I'm in love with rock & roll and I'll be out all night
Going faster miles an hour
Gonna drive to the Stop 'n' Shop
With the radio on at night
And me in love with modern moonlight
Me in love with modern rock & roll
Modern girls and modern rock & roll
Don't feel so alone, got the radio on
Like the roadrunner
O.K., now you sing Modern Lovers
I got the AM
Got the car, got the AM
Got the AM sound, got the
Got the rockin' modern neon sound
I got the car from Massachusetts, got the
I got the power of Massachusetts when it's late at night
I got the modern sounds of modern Massachusetts
I've got the world, got the turnpike, got the
I've got the, got the power of the AM
Got the, late at night, (?), rock & roll late at night
The factories and the auto signs got the power of modern sounds
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tyro (19316) 2013-04-16 7:03
This was a terrible piece of news which I heard late last night. A piece of news which stirs feelings of sadness, pity, sorrow and also anger. That these wonderful people, all for one cause, happily celebrating their patriotism and their city, and many supporting other worthwhile and charitable causes too, should have their lives disrupted, or indeed destroyed, so violently by an evil minority.
But the powers of good will prove victorious and your excellent photograph shows dedicated and happy people having a wonderful time. The little boy on the right helpfully assisting the runner (perhaps his dad?) is delightful too, showing that each of us can help each other, even in a small way.
God bless all those who suffered in this evil and cowardly attack.
At your request, no points, but a very interesting and informative note and a perfect photograph.
Royaldevon (27611) 2013-04-16 7:15
I was horrified to hear the news of this atrocity.
It seems that the bombs were planted to harm families.
I cannot understand why anyone should want to harm innocent people as a means of protest.
As a species, we have a long way to go to live and love and respect all other humans and other creatures.
My heart goes out to your country and the people who have been so brutally harmed.
Thank you for this fine photograph.
My kind regards,
Noel_Byrne (22128) 2013-04-16 7:33
I must admit that a shiver goes down my spine to see this capture today, the thoughts that a scene as great as that which you portray here can end in such horror and devastation as we seen yesterday is heartbreaking. I am utterly shocked by what happened in your beautiful city, and my thoughts are with all those affected.
A tribute to the spirit of the people who immediately rushed to help those who needed assistance, a testiment to the will of the people who are so much stronger than the scum who perpetrated this attack, and who will always be stronger.
Thank you for a very meaningful image.
Best wishes from Ireland.
serp2000 (38864) 2013-04-16 7:50
... I am sorry, Andrew...
I have listened this sad news on the radio early morning (in Russia). I think, the only one positive message that the remaining five bombs were defused...
My condolences to all the victims and their familiesю
bona (12389) 2013-04-16 8:21
it is very sad what happen in you city and have no words for this. How people can do that with other, I can't image. Hope the city could rise fast from this attack. My condolences for all families that suffer with thier lost.
I'm glad you are ok, at least physicaly, since our minds take more time to recover.
My kind regards
jcpix (12614) 2013-04-16 8:47
Another tragic and disturbing event, even from afar I'm trying to comprehend and process everything that's taken place. So sad to hear of the loss of life, especially in regards to children. A beautiful day tarnished by the evil and cowardly act of those with bad intentions. My thoughts and prayers go out to all affected, both in Boston and around the globe, for anyone dealing with this kind of evil doing. I'm always impressed by the first responder's, as they rushed towards the scene in the midst of chaos to help those in need. Much gratitude and appreciation for each and every one of them!! Glad you decided to post this picture as a reminder that there is still pure, heartfelt emotion and kindness in the world and we are strong enough to overcome.
Best and warmest regards from out West.
jjcordier (74564) 2013-04-16 9:02
Photo très symbolique et très touchante de ce drame qui a touché votre ville et plus particulièrement de ce petit garçon décédé. J'ai une pensée pour toutes ces personnes ateintes dans leur chair.
Kugart (1778) 2013-04-16 9:32
The sights I have witnessed on the news are really sickening. How anyone could do this is beyond comprehension.
All our thoughts and deepest sympathy are with you all at this sad time.
macjake (54124) 2013-04-16 9:56
What can i say?
Absolutely horrible newz. Reading your note....it was the first time hearing about the young boy, his sister and family....so sad and so needless.
What improper thoughts drives these people to such madness...were they not loved when they were children?
Glad to hear you and your family are ok
Nicou (118192) 2013-04-16 10:01
sueprbe hommage et cocmpo à la folie des homme qui tuent d’autres hommes, félicitation
Belle soirée et en pensée
MarcoMC (0) 2013-04-16 10:05
My condolences to all the victims.
Bluejeans (64247) 2013-04-16 10:43
Ola Andrew ,
Sem duvida um acontecimento bem triste nos EUA e para o mundo , um ato sem explicação que leva a morte de pessoas inocentes :(
lousat (73987) 2013-04-16 11:03
Hi Andew,i like your choice of the today post to celebrate this terrible thing,i hope that this will be the last forever.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano
ourania (28400) 2013-04-16 11:10
very shocking and sad news, too hard to accept. An attack against people, values and the simple pleasures of a peaceful life. The blow was hard once again and it will take time and solidarity, faith and alertness for life to take a normal course again. I hope that the injured people will be able to heal their bodies and souls, that they will get all the support that they need and that next year the Boston Marathon will confirm for its participants and send to the world messages like the ones we see in your photo. How can we all learn to respect the lives and values of others and come to peace with ourselves first?...
All the best, take care,
Waylim (25172) 2013-04-16 11:11
This is a very touching tribute. Words can’t describe my sadness and anger toward the people who planned such attack. My sympathy goes out to the family of the boy who died, especially the sister who loss her leg, and many other who were effect by this tragedy event. It nearly brings me to tear reading you note.
I love the photo depicting the boy handing out water, a symbolic meaning for lending a helping hand in time of need, that fitting the sad occasion.
PaulVDV (21173) 2013-04-16 12:39
So often we hear about terror attacks. And on a certain day they've come so awfully close by.
My thoughts are with all the victims who were there in a sportive and friendly way but who will no more forget that horrible, unrighteous attack.
fabbs99 (16147) 2013-04-16 12:55
Excellent framing with fine details, good light and clarity. Sharpness and clarity are pleasant. Excellent composition, very well done, TFS.
Miguel82 (21778) 2013-04-16 14:46
Excellent action shot, a decisive moment, marathon is so hard sport
You were at the right moment
Clear shot, fine colors, good exposition
carlo62 (29483) 2013-04-16 16:14
davvero un brutto episodio.
L'esperienza di chi era li in quel momento, deve essere stata tragicamente traumatica.
Ho visto delle immagini in tv, ma non sono riuscito a vedere molto, mi fa troppo male.
Spero che almeno i feriti possano guarire al più presto.
delpeoples (52783) 2013-04-17 0:56
It's with a heavy heart that we view this photo and in what should otherwise be happy circumstances. I stil can't believe what happened and marvel over the terrible things your country has endured in recent times. This latest attack is just one more attack on innocence, one that has perplexed us all. You are certainly in my prayers and thoughts and if there is a positive point to draw from this horror, it is to confirm that you Yanks are nothing if not resillient. Hopefully this will cause you as a country to band together rather than to divide you.
Warmest wishes from the other side of the world
amaryllis (33778) 2013-04-17 6:17
De tout coeur avec vous et beaucoup de courage car c'est horrible et un acte barbare
Sonata11 (33203) 2013-04-17 7:48
fantastic moment you capture, Andrew. I love this picture.
Yes, it is soooo sad what happened. Why someone done such a terrible move. Andrew I wish to express my feelings, what I feel about that. At the same time I lost my job and I'm double feeling down. Thanks for sharing. I hope from my the bottom of my heart, that they will find this cowards.
marabu61 (7829) 2013-04-17 12:58
And again an act of useless and unnecessary violence against innocent people, enjoying a day of sport and friendship.
I wish all the affected humans all my best, my thoughts are with the victims and their families. I just hope the responsible criminals will be found quickly and dealt with accordingly.
CLODO (29740) 2013-04-19 10:20
A superb picture, full of action, but a sad note to describe the horrible scene due to absolutly mad persons.
chrisvek (7001) 2013-04-19 17:42
That's a very very sad moment.Not only for the USA and humanity,but for the "sport's world" too.I can't express my feelings,but I could pray for a world without violence and fights.Peace and friendship!
Thoughts with yours!
Chris Vekris from Greece...
Hansaphotos (6541) 2013-04-20 11:54
My thoughts are with the one affected by this tragic event, and the people of Boston. I`ve followed the news, and it`s just horrible. You were actually there, watching the marathon, I`m glad to see you`re ok.
All the best, Erling
mcmtanyel (11631) 2013-04-21 21:48
Bergenphotos (2502) 2013-04-25 8:46
Nice picture. I'm glad that they caught those terrorists at last. It is a bit frightening when considering that I will participate in New York Marathon this year. But first of all, thoughts go to the 3 people who lost their lives, the people who still struggle at the hospital and their families.
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