April 15th marks the annual commemoration of the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013.
The Boston Marathon has historically been held annually, on the 3rd Monday of April, which is also Patriots’ Day (a State holiday). The oldest continuously running marathon in the world (started in 1897), the event attracts more than 30,000 participants and floods the city and surrounding towns with more than a half a million visitors.
Also known as Marathon Monday, the city takes on a very festive feel with multiple events happening throughout the day. Whether it be watching the Red Sox play at Fenway Park or simply enjoying the springtime weather waiting by the marathon finish line, the day has always had a joyful and celebratory feel to it.
All that came to an end on April 15th 2013, when two bombs exploded and killed three spectators and injured more than 260 people. Amidst the tragic events that occurred that day, what became evident from the beginning was how ordinary citizens, through their own volition, came together to help the victims and support their families. People’s selfless acts of kindness and love, set forward the healing process and quickly made it understood that love always triumphs over hate.
To honor that memory, the One Boston Day initiative was born. The Initiative encourages people everywhere to commit random acts of kindness. Since its formation, the One Boston Day initiative has grown in popularity and has inspired people across the globe to act.
We can't think of a more suitable time when the One Boston Day mission is more suitable than during these challenging times. All of us need support, kindness, empathy and love. We are firm believers that the more you give, the more you receive. The One Boston Day initiative has a great list of ideas of how we can all pay it forward. Let’s all challenge ourselves to completing at least one act of kindness to prove that love truly always triumphs.
Be Bold. Be Kind. Be Tolmee.