As a resident of Massachusetts, it’s really hard to think about what happened yesterday at Copley Square. My thoughts through the past 24 hours have been extremely pensive about the bombing. Patriots Day is a holiday where everyone gets the day off and takes the time to enjoy it’s history. The state typically does two things to celebrate: we either visit the Marathon in Boston or stay home and watch it on TV all day. Naturally, this event is extremely well-documented.
“I saw people’s legs blown off. Horrific. Two explosions. Runners were coming in and saw unspeakable horror.” – @JackieBrunoNECN
While a bombing at any other time in the last decade would have been covered just as quickly, I was truly impressed with the amount of first-hand footage from spectators. Much like 9/11, the American people were able to actually see the atrocities committed against them on television, no matter how graphic the content. This picture by Suffolk University student Dan Lampariello is truly groundbreaking:
I never figured that terrorism would strike so close to home. The round-the-clock media coverage has proved to me that despite the vastness of our country, we still care about each other as a nation.
As an event that’s heavily covered every year, one might ask, “why, in the name of God, would somebody attack the Boston Marathon?” This remains a disturbing question that needs to be answered by the outstanding reporters of my city. May this horrible, yet mysterious event mark the beginning of the revival of investigative reporting as a duty to serve the citizens of this great country.