A Year After Boston Marathon Bombing
The bombing even affected people who did not not have a direct connection with the city. Across the pond in England, Danny Bent says he “knew one person in the whole of the United States,” but he tells NPR’s Celeste Headlee that he was moved to act.
“We all felt this pain that everyone here in Boston was feeling and everyone wanted to do something,” he says. “We didn’t just want to open up our wallets and hand over some notes. We wanted to stand up and show our strength and solidarity for the people of Boston.” So with two friends, he organized One Run for Boston, Nike Benassi Swoosh 618919-006 Unisex Black White Outlet Malaysia a nonstop running relay from Los Angeles to Boston that saw 2,000 runners take part this year. She sees them as “a symbol of comfort and strength.” The project, set up by the Old South Church in Boston, has collected more than 6,500 scarves from across the world to give to runners and survivors. “As Senior Minister Nancy Taylor has said, it’s as if we’re knitting the world together with love and courage,” Thomas points out.
But why did people like Thomas and Bent act after Boston? Rich Harwood is the founder and president of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation. He worked closely in helping Newtown, Conn., come together and move forward after the shooting in Sandy Hook. He says that “the bombing was an affront to our sense of community, our sense of fairness, and I think what we see is a sense of people wanting to belong, to be part of something larger than themselves.”
Interview Highlights On what Mary Thomas got out of knitting scarves for Boston’s runners
The shock of living in a small community like Hollis, and having such a tragedy where so many were injured, where all those runners are there for Adidas Pure Boost S82099 Men Beige White Malaysia Outlet a peaceful expression of athleticism . when a tragedy like this happens, the community comes together and really strengthens, and I think that the scarves are a tangible way of us giving something to show support and courage and 2017 Adidas Nmd R1 BB6365 PK Unisex Green Camouflatge Outlet Malaysia really hope for these runners, that they stay strong and run well.
Danny Bent on how public expressions of grief help
On why Rich Harwood believes the response to the Boston Marathon bombing has brought people together
There’s something about us reconstituting our community, our sense of community. I think you have to remember that underlying all this, at least in the United States, is a deep yearning among Americans to come back into community life, to find a way to reconnect and re engage with one another. . And I think the response to the Boston bombing is one signal or one sign of that deep yearning and Adidas NMD Supreme SUP S79668 Unisex White Red Malaysia Price of people trying to make it real in their individual lives, but I think as importantly, in our collective lives.