Day of Sorrow, Makeshift Memorial at Arlington Street, Boston
The day after the Marathon bombing I was so angry and felt compelled to visit the make shift memorial at Boylston & Arlington Streets during my lunch hour. As I was tearfully reflecting on this tragedy, the police officer asked the crowd to help move the items such as flowers, t-shirts, a marathon medallion, that were generously donated at this site. It was with great honor to help in memory of the innocent Marathon victims at that time Martin, Lingzi & Krystle. Even though it was a minor role, it was the start of the healing process, as I, and countless others, felt so violated. This horrific event was especially poignant for me since I felt a strong and endearing connection to the Marathon after I grew up along the Marathon route in Brookline and cheered on runners year after year, followed by bringing my children there to hand out water and orange slices to runners. Marathon 2013 was the only year I missed, which is rather unusual since I now live in Boston's Beacon Hill and normally would have made my way through the crowd to get a prime spot at the Marathon finish line. My experience was gratefully captured by UPI photographer Matthew Healey.