Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beautiful Boston, Honoring The Victims

When Boylston Street re-opened last week the people of Boston were there - eating, shopping, visiting and spending money at the businesses that were closed for an entire week.  The memorial was moved (since previously it was actually on the street - you can see my pictures of it here.)

The new memorial is at the intersection of Boylston Street and Darmouth Street at the park area known as Copley Square. 

The media is still there.  I wonder how long they will stay?  I only hope they will continue to focus their "news" stories on the recovery of the resilient victims, the amazing first responders and the everyday heroes who helped on that terrible day.  I can't get enough of the GOOD stories.
The flags around Boston are still at half mask.  Just another reminder of the lives lost.
The windows of Boylston Street shops are filled with "Boston Strong."  I couldn't help but smile as I walked down the street.  So much support everywhere you look.

The Forum (pic on left) is where the 2nd explosion went off.  Marathon Sports (pics on right) is where the 1st explosion went off (near the finish line).  As you can see from the pictures these two locations are still boarded up.  I'm guessing it will be a bit longer before they re-open. 

This is the memorial.  It is so beautiful and touching with so much sadness yet I didn't feel sad when I visited.  Does that even make sense?  It is the first time that I didn't get teary eyed.  Maybe it was the beautiful sunny day?  Maybe it was the hundreds of people paying their respects?  Maybe it was the hopeful messages written all over the memorial?  Maybe it was a combination of it all?  Whatever it was, it was great.

The four crosses - one for each person who was killed - are placed in the center or the memorial.

There are two large boards to sign.  There were plenty of markers just no room left to write!  There must be a million messages on these boards!

The memorial is filled with American flags, stuffed animals, sneakers, hats, letters, candles, crosses, tee-shirts, flowers and other tokens.  It really is breathtaking. 

There is a paper chain in Boston Marathon colors - blue and yellow - that runs through much of the memorial.  There are messages on each link of the chain.

Seeing this memorial is just another reminder that Boston is an amazing city.  The people of Boston are good people.  Whoever was in charge of "organizing" the items in the memorial did an outstanding job.  I can't even imagine how many hours it took to move/place each item.  You can really tell that whoever was responsible put so much care and love into it.

I only hope that the rain stays away so that this memorial can stay looking this way for a bit longer.  I also hope they take pieces of it for a permanent memorial or museum.  It will be a lasting reminder of the love for the victims.  

I feel like I've been looking at Boston in a different way over the past couple of weeks.  It is a city I've lived in for a long time.  I'm walk the streets of Boston often.  But now I look at things in a different way - maybe with a new appreciation?  

I'm linking up with Helene for Travel Tuesday. 

Helene in Between



  1. thank you so much for posting about this! so inspiring! and i can only imagine feeling differently now in the city. I know i appreciate it more and I don't even live there.

  2. It is so good to see these good stories about Boston ....nice

  3. I love all the sneakers. That made me teary eyed.

    Thanks for sharing the shots.

  4. Jodi I love this post (and all of the ones you have done on Boston!) xo

  5. Wow, thank you so much for sharing these amazing photos of Boston. Seeing the memorial brings tears to my eyes. So touching.

  6. What a great post! I was down there on Sunday- plenty of bustling people :)

  7. The memorial looks amazing. It is so cool to see how everyone has come together to honor these people! Very touching!

  8. Amen about focusing on the victims and other positive stories! Thanks for sharing this.

  9. I so want to get a Boston Strong shirt while I'm there!!

  10. That is so awesome. Thanks so much for sharing this!