The double bombing of the Boston Marathon on 15th April 2013 which witnessed the passing away of 3 people (amongst them an eight year old boy), maiming over 154 civilians, and brought the 27,000 strong marathon runners and the city of Boston to a standstill.
The Boston Marathon, one of the six World Marathon Major courses, was particularly significant to American’s this year as it commemorated those who had their lives taken in the Newton School firearm incident in 2012; yet it appears that in the calamity of this sudden foray, America’s strong resilience lives on.
Reports from the local media told the stories of runners changing courses to donate blood at local hospitals. The positive gestures of the nation seemed to have emerged stronger than ever, with responders acting on instinct alone to help their fellow incapacitated compatriots.
The number of people that took the initiative to help in the bombings aims in serving to highlight the generous instinct of those surroundings. The Hilton Boston Back Bay hotel opened their lobby for runners to rest, and many homeowners in the area brought out food and drinks for the runners and spectators. Children were kept entertained, and the National Guards competing in the race to the aid of those involved in the bombings.
Marathons are recognised for their ability to unite a community in spirit. After the postponing of the New York marathon last year due to Hurricane Sandy, many still ran their own courses; the spectators on the sidelines motivate the runners to carry on.
The London Marathon due to take place on Sunday aims to respect the bombings by holding a thirty second silence, with runners encouraged to wear a black band in tribute. However, the tribute towards those who have been physically impaired or had their lives taken in the bombing is the tribute of resilience and futility towards this cut and thrust. The dedication of those who persist to run in Sunday’s marathon may present a picture of resilience in the face of alarm towards those responsible for such an act. Moreover, there have been calls for donations towards many of the people affected in the Boston bombings, as there are a high number of event goers needing amputations.
America has managed to be defiant towards radical extremists in the face of bravery; the rebuilding of Ground Zero was a scheme, one that gives the strong message that America aims to be defiant and resilient.
How might such a act as this, give people the will and courage to bond together and uplift the country’s morale?