Boston Marathon reflection | City of Ideas

Posted 04/22/2013 by Paul S. Grogan

Our city has been touched in ways we could never have imagined before the 2013 Boston Marathon. We have seen the darkness of evil, been lifted up by the kindness of strangers, witnessed the heroism of friends, neighbors and first responders – and celebrated our collective sense of pride and relief at the end of a manhunt.

But our healing is just beginning.

And now as for many of us our lives return to their daily routines, we have to remember those who need our continued strength and support. How can you help? Many of you already know about the One Fund Boston, established by Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick for the benefit of those who were most affected by the bombings.

The Boston Foundation signed on as a charter supporter of the Fund, which will be administered by Ken Feinberg, who oversaw the compensation of the victim of the September 11th attacks. Thousands of you have already donated, and businesses in Boston and beyond are generously giving to ensure those who need it have the resources to recover as much as possible from their wounds. 

For them today, the healing is just beginning.

For many of us, whether we were there on Boylston Street or not, there are other wounds. The Boston Foundation is working with the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts and the MBTA to help publicize ways to stay strong and the resources available for those who might need counseling or other support. You’ll see those posters in the coming days – and the help is there for all those in need.

And of course, the days, weeks and months ahead will be an opportunity to examine more closely what happened last Monday and what we can learn from it as a community. We rightfully have taken pride in the strength of our resolve and the unity of our response to those who thought they could break the will of this city. But for all of us, this process didn’t end with the capture of suspects last Friday. The Boston Foundation joins the rest of our civic, nonprofit, business and other leaders in pledging to support our recovery. And many of you have already started that process, with your donations, your determination to support the families, businesses and neighborhoods most harmed, and even your hugs and handshakes for first responders, neighbors and strangers who needed them.

The need for all of those things will continue long after the physical damage on Boylston Street is repaired.

Because in this week, we learned we are all one Boston – and for all of us, the healing is just beginning. 

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