As soon as the first Tweet made the feed, every phone, computer, monitor and smart device instantly lit up. We immediately coordinated with admins and managers, went into fact checking mode, and couldn't believe what we were reading and seeing. Our hearts sunk. First thoughts... loss of life, injuries, resources needed, terrorism, and wait, we have friends (including first responders) working, running, watching, and living near the finish line!
The same feelings of loss, helplessness, pride, and anger we felt during 9/11 all came back like it was yesterday. We had no contact with friends for hours, however, little by little each one checked-in with reports of being on lockdown or sheltering in place. Knowing this was all happening just 90 minutes away was very surreal... and knowing you couldn't do anything but post information about it was hell.
While in Boston this weekend, during the first anniversary, we felt compelled to visit ground zero. Paula and I walked Boylston Street to try to immerse ourselves in what took place here over a year ago. Walking the steps of the runners and first responders and remembering those who were lost and injured.
There were hundreds of people visiting there with us. Runners, family members, spectators, and tourists, all filled with mixed emotions. There was joy, wonder, awe, remembrance, and tears. Although we were all different in some ways and visiting for our own reasons, we had one thing in common... we were proud to be there and were not afraid.
The slideshow images and timeline below are an example of how strong one city can be. As Americans, we can grieve, remember, and rebuild without hesitation.
TERRORISM FAILED. #BostonStrong
“We have never loved the heroes in uniforms more than we do at this hour.” - Mayor Thomas Menino, Interfaith Service
PHOTOS: ONE YEAR LATER
"They picked the wrong city. Yes we will find you. Yes you will face justice." - President Obama
Follow the unfolding events as we shared them with you that week on FIREGROUND360°.
WARNING: GALLERIES CONTAIN GRAPHIC IMAGES
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"So, we will recover and repair. We will grieve our losses and heal. We will rise, and we will endure." - Governor Deval Patrick
For full comprehensive text visit GlobalResearch: Boston Marathon Bombing Timeline