Boston Bombing Memorial Exhibition
“Boston Strong” – one can see it everywhere in the city of Boston. What started as an idea of two students, who wanted to raise money for philanthropy, has now evolved into a slogan that stands for the ability of a city and its citizens to emerge strengthened from a tragedy. On April 15, 2013 two pressure cooker bombs exploded during the Boston Marathon at 2:49 pm, killing three people and injuring an estimated 264 others. This day will enter history as one shocking the whole U.S. and countries all over the world, changing many people’s life forever.
Now, one year later, the Boston Public Library offers a chance to visit an exhibition dedicated to the Marathon Bombing and honoring its fatalities. Our advanced class went to see this exhibition last Wednesday. It was very impressive to experience, at least to some extent, how traumatizing this attack must have been for Bostonians. The first thing one can notice when entering the exhibition hall are running shoes participants of the Boston Marathon left – some of them on purpose, others because they had to flee from the explosions in a hurry. This vividly shows how many people were affected by this insidious attack. The most striking part of the exhibition, for me, is the one showing the three fatalities of the explosion and the fourth victim, a police officer shot at MIT campus. Usually, one only hears about the number of casualties on the news. Giving them a face and a “background story” and, hence, making them more human to non-affected people lets one fully understand the pain and suffering the families must have faced. It is such a shame that these four young people got torn out of life far too early because of a senseless act by two young students filled with hatred. The picture of the youngest victim, Martin William Richard, an eight-year-old boy from the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, holding up a sign that says “No More Hurting People – Peace,” was especially touching. It lets one deeply think about all the violence on our planet and that Martin’s wish, sadly, is not likely to materialize.
But what is it about the human spirit that lets us keep going and not be depressed and never leave the house because of possible violence? I personally think that this phenomenon is innate in every person and was developed over the past millennia. Since the beginning of mankind, there have always been tragedies that affected the life of many. However, in order to survive as a species, it was, and still is, essential to keep going even in the hardest of times. Our minds seem to stress the positive things of life allowing us not to think about possible violence non-stop. There is without any doubt some truth in the old saying: “the world keeps turning.
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