One Boston Day
By Mary E. Hart
Where were you during the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013? I was working in my home office writing some copy while listening to the radio and tracking my friend’s run progress online. Then, 2:49 p.m. came and that changed everything.
Suddenly, that light-hearted day turned into something quite different with radio announcements of the bombings near the finish line on Boylston Street and panicked Facebook posts of friends wondering if their loved ones were okay. I was lucky. My friends who were there at the Marathon were alive and weren’t injured. Others weren’t so lucky with an estimated 264 people injured in the bombings and 3 killed.
In remembrance of this day, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh permanently designated April 15th as One Boston Day in Boston. This day was created as a way to remember how our community came together after the bombings.
On One Boston Day, we want you to spread random acts of kindness and goodwill. Think of the good people that helped out the injured on April 15, 2013, including the cowboy hat-wearing Carlos Arredondo, Dr. Vivek Shah, Joe Andruzzi, and the countless first responders, medics and EMTs.
A moment of silence will be held today at 2:49 p.m. in the city and church bells will ring throughout Boston to honor the occasion.
In this video posted on the One Boston Day website, local and nationally recognizable figures encouraged residents to participate and do good.
Looking to start volunteering on One Boston Day? Contact NTI! Some of the volunteer opportunities that exist here include helping Americans with Disabilities and Disabled Veterans in Career Counseling Opportunities as well as Marketing Opportunities.