Originally Posted by vitauta
how horrible that violence in this country continues in public places, unabated. addie, thank heavens that you are safe at home. i thought of you immediately upon hearing the disturbing news of explosions at the boston marathon site.
I used to go to this event every year and stand there at the finish line. It has been comfirmed that it was two bombs and just minutes after the explosions there was a major fire at the JFK Library in another part of the city. They don't know if the two are connected.
The runners that didn't get to the finish line have been diverted to another street so that they can finish the race. This whole episode is so sad. My two great grandchildren are at the race with their mother. I don't think they were at the finish line. Won't know until tonight. My grandson, their father has been called in for active duty and is on high alert. So he can't go to Boston to make sure they are all right. He is a firefighter. And my granddaughter's husband, a policeman is also on high alert.
Where the explosions occured in front of that building is a Walgreen's. It has a large plate glass window. There are some serious injuries from that glass. Two people are dead.
I am just so shaken up. This is a fun event. You stand on the side and pass out water to the runners and cheer them on. You make friends with the person standing beside you. And when their runner crosses the finish you cheer just as loudly as you new friend. The race officially ends six p.m. Some folks stay right to the very end to cheer even the last runner.
And this is Patriots Day in Massachusetts. The day the war started for our freedom. From "The Shot Heard Round The World" to bombing. Some freedom.