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Items tagged "September 11": 9

Letter to the City of Boston

Digital copy of a message sent to the City of Boston in the wake of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Letter is from a woman who encourages the City to pray.

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…

I ran out to see a...

I ran out to see a friend go by at 2:40PM with my son. A few minutes after we saw her, we heard a loud boom that sounded like thunder. My son was scared and asked to go home. I reassured him that it was OK, and then a second, much louder boom occurred. The earth shook. Suddenly I realized that there were no runners going by. Instead dead silence.…

We were at the finish line,...

We were at the finish line, but decided we were too early to see our friends finish so we went to grab a bit to eat. We were on our way back about to head toward the finish line when we felt the first explosion. My friend's spouse (who lived through 9/11) immediately knew what it was and that is when we backed away and got as far away as possible.

I was working on the third...

I was working on the third floor in the PRU building and was sitting next to the window and heard a loud Boom. My first initial thought was maybe it was thunder outside but then the sky wasn't that dark so I ignored it. A few seconds later I heard another Boom so I knew something was wrong because after 9/11 I was skeptical of tall buildings…

Heard the sounds of the explosions...

Heard the sounds of the explosions and immediately thought that there were fireworks, or perhaps revolutionary war cannons...something that was part of a celebration, and not a tragedy. Saw smoke instantaneously and tried going forward further into the crowd to see what happened, but was pushed backed by crowds and police officers urging people to…

We were waiting for a friend...

We were waiting for a friend to cross the finish line, about 5 minutes away when the first explosion went off. We weren't sure what it was. From a random lightning strike, to a celebratory cannon we were all in shock as it went right through us. Then the second bomb went off and all you can hear is screaming.

Trapped in the middle we weren't…

I had made it through with...

I had made it through with the third wave in 3:55:42. Mentally spent but still moving. I was among a sea of other runners who had crossed the finish line, all with space blankets wrapped around their shoulders. I had just collected my bag when I heard the boom. I had a thought similar to others' comments---cannon fire or fireworks---but even my…

Notes from the Boston Marathon Bombing and Cambridge Lockdown

Cambridge is under lockdown right now. My apartment, usually so spacious and bright is constricting, suffocating, close. It’s been four days since the bombings. Four days since I rode my bike over the Mass. Ave. bridge, parked myself close to the race’s end and waited for the first of the wheelchair racers to streak by, sweating, straining,…