Everyone knows I have a special love for Boston. I have friends who run the Boston Marathon annually; one even ran in the early stages of her pregnancy. I have friends who ran it in 2013. It’s heart wrenching when you know persons who were injured in the bombing but learn from their strengths to forgive, find some resolution and look to the future.
April 15, 2014, one year since that fateful day which killed three and wounded 264 persons, I remember all my amazing friends that live in this beautiful city. I remember those who have run the Boston Marathon over the years and the times I stood by the finish line cheering them on when I lived there. These runners are amazingly strong people that I will always admire (because I hate running!).
When I visited Boston a few weeks after the bombing, I went to the Copley Square and Boylston Street area to pay my respects. It’s still one of my favourite parts of the city.
So in remembrance I share some of my photos of my time spent paying respects at the makeshift memorial before all items were preserved and archived, some of which are currently being exhibited at the Boston Public Library until May 11, 2014.
The hundreds of shoes hanging from the metal barriers, the hats, shirts and other items that were placed here with compassion represent the comradery of people in time of diversity – from Boston, Massachusetts, the US and around the world.