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Message from a University of Connecticut student at the Finish Line

Digital copy of a message sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Message is from a student at the University of Connecticut who was near the Finish Line and she offers thanks to those who helped her feel "safe in the City so soon after such a traumatic experience."

BOston Marathon 2013

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There are two days in my life...

There are two days in my life that I am able to recall with more exact details than the rest. On September 11th, 2001, I sat in a classroom with my peers. Our principal came over the loudspeaker and told us that something very bad had happened in New York, but didn’t tell us what. Every single person in the room was quiet. I can, with exact…

The Marathon I want to remember

This is an illustrated blog post I wrote the week after the Marathon, as a way of making sense out of what had happened.

Now that the second Boston Marathon bombing suspect has been taken into custody, a wave of relief has washed over the greater Boston area after an emotionally draining week. Now that the Boston Marathon is no longer breaking…

I was as close to the...

I was as close to the bomb as one could be without getting hurt. I was standing under the flag of Australia. the bomb went off behind the flag of Mexico. I am in the photos that were taken from the office building looking down on the bomb site. My husband was scheduled to arrive at the finish line just about the time the bombs went off. I had…

As everyone is at the Boston...

As everyone is at the Boston Marathon, I felt surrounded by the beautiful spirit of support and solidarity. My roommate, who had been training for months, was about 15 minutes from the finish line and all I could think of was how amazing it would be to see him run by.

When I heard the first explosion it shook the ground, but I thought it was…

Awaiting a friend from the wave...

Awaiting a friend from the wave 3 start who finished at 2:47pm and I missed him walk by me. I had finished earlier from wave 1. So very sad and senseless.

I live in the South End...

I live in the South End and my parents were up visiting from Connecticut. We had just gotten to the corner of Boylston and Hereford st after walking over from Fenway Park where we went to the Red Sox game. My parents were excited as this was their first time being Boston Marathon spectators, naturally we were taking lots of pictures. I was bringing…

My Friend Barry and I had...

My Friend Barry and I had just taken in the Red Sox walk off 9th inning win and were in a great mood with the warm weather, the festival like atmosphere and the whole afternoon in front of us. I took a picture of the Berklee College of Music at 1100 Boylston at 2:47PM (three minutes before the blast) and sent it to my musically talented 14 year…

At 2:50 p.m., what sounds like...

At 2:50 p.m., what sounds like a cannon blast tears into the air fewer than 50 yards to my left. My mother, aunt and I see a cloud of smoke fill the sky. I focus on the steeple of beautiful Old South Church, barely visible behind the smoke, a landmark I pass every day on my way to work. My immediate thought: A cannon must be part of the festivities…