we are boston strong

Whoever did this obviously didn’t know shit about the people of Boston. because nothing these terrorists do will shake them. For pete’s sake Boston was founded by the pilgrims, a people so tough they had to buckle their goddamn hats on. It is the cradle of the American Revolution, a city that withstood an 86 year losing streak, a city that made it through the big dig, a construction project that backed up traffic for 16 years! Even their bands are tough! The town of Aerosmith, who in their 5th decade, is still going strong! But here’s what these cowards really don’t get. They attacked the Boston Marathon. An event celebrating people who run 26 miles on their day off for fun. And they have been holding it in Boston since 1897. And do you know how tough you have to be to run in a whale bone corset? And when those bombs went off, there were runners who after finishing a marathon, kept running another 2 miles to the hospital to donate blood. So here’s what I know: these maniacs may have tried to make life bad for the people of Boston but all they can ever do is just show how good those people are
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Stephen Colbert

Two years to the day and Boston has come back better than ever in the face of the worst kind of adversity. And although this isn’t a day most of us will ever forget, I at least take solace in the fact that not only are we still probably known as one of the only major cities who, if you fuck with them, will shut down the whole city (except dunkin donuts of course), stop everything and find your ass (which, we of course did), but more importantly, that justice has been served and Boston has kept, and will continue, running. I have never been prouder to be a Bostonian than on days like today. Because we are Boston and goddamn are we strong.

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A Pride Like No Other: Boston To Orlando Strong
Work crews are still sweeping up from this past weekend’s Boston Pride March. Yet this evening, the same City Hall Plaza where the march concluded will serve as the gathering spot for a vigil to honor the 50 lives lost at Pulse, an Orlando LGBTQ nightclub, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

A message from the Bisexual Resource Center’s Board of Directors — A Pride Like No Other: Boston to ‪Orlando Strong‬. We stand with the victims and their families & loved ones in Orlando <3

Today, we run together.

Whether you prefer running in the morning or at night.

Whether you prefer running alone or with others.

Whether you’re new to running or you’ve been at it for years.

Whether you prefer running around the block or running marathons.

Whether you live somewhere warm or cold.

Whether you prefer Nike, Adidas, Brooks, Saucony, Asics, or any other shoe.

Today, we lace up and run together.

Today, we run for Boston.

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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

I have never seen a city come together in the way that Boston has during this past year. Cowards thought they could break us, but they proved to have greatly underestimated the pride and compassion that links the people of Boston together. We’re a stronger city now. Heroism takes true form in the first responders, civilians, and runners who after running 26.2 miles ran 2 more to donate blood for victims. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier, Lu Lingzi, and Martin Richard. My heart is as heavy today as it was when I stood there and took these pictures last year. I am so proud to call Boston my home today and everyday. One year stronger.

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Today we should not only honor and recognize the tragedy of April 15th one year ago, but we should celebrate and be proud of the unity of this city and the good it has displayed through such a hard time - I don’t think there is any better way to define the camaraderie of Boston than through this video.

One year later: I took this same picture last year. These were the shirts I bought at the expo. Last year … they were excited, jumping up and down cheering for me. This morning they both went and took these shirts out and asked if it would be OK to wear them.

Instead of cheering for me they are asking permission: “If anyone tries to ‘do’ anything this year, mom, can we punch them in the face?” They are asking so many questions.

It’s going to be a very emotional week on all fronts. We are ready. We are Boston Strong! Natalie is anxious about her brother not being with her this year. Camden refuses to go. She told him this morning: “I just want you to be with me.”

– Amanda Burgess