Articles matching tag: Boston Marathon

  1. Column: Boston Marathon BombingsApril 21, 2013

    Today, we gather as one. And we affirm to ourselves and to each other that we are one -- one community, one nation, one world, full of love, full of compassion and full of generosity. Those feelings, powerful all of them, fuel us with passion. To never quit. To persevere. To prevail. We will run another marathon -- one bigger and better than ever. We are one. We are Boston. We are strong. We are Boston Strong. The words were spoken by Henry Mahegan, a Charlestown High (Mass.) history teacher who moonlights as the public address announcer for the Boston Red Sox, prior to the Red Sox’ first game in Boston after the Boston Marathon bombings. A game can never atone for the physical and emotional pain suffered by the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Sporting events aren’t an elixir that will allow the rest of us to forget the horror we witnessed on that fateful day. A game is nothing more than entertainment, a mere diversion from the realities of life. And yet, sports are so much more than that. Although our loyalties are divided when we support opposing teams on the field of play, sports unite us in ways that nothing else can.