Boston was built on being the underdog. From the first battles of Lexington and Concord in 1775, the people in Boston proved they were never afraid of adversity.
This legacy has stood in Boston for over 240 years now and still holds true. From the early days of the pilgrims, to the revolutionary war, to the broken Curse of the Bambino, Boston never shied away from a little adversity. Boston is known for the grit, toughness and drive of the city and nothing emphasizes that more than Marathon Monday. People from all over the world compete in this special event. An event that literally celebrates athletes who run 26 miles just for fun.
However the true toughness was shown in the 2013 Marathon where four innocent people tragically lost their lives due to the Boston Bombings, with many more injured. An act so terrible, meant for the city to live in fear ended up showing this cities true colors. So how did Boston respond? Runners in the marathon who luckily did not get injured continued running all the way to Mass General Hospital to give blood for the people that lost theirs. You would think after 26 miles no one would be able to run any more. That is except for the crazy people of Boston who would give up anything to help their city and the people living in it. An extra mile or two and giving some blood was nothing to these individuals.
The citizens of Boston were courageous to say the least, but that takes nothing away from the Boston Police Department. The BPD went on a city wide manhunt to find the man who attempted to terrorize the city. Governor at the time Deval Patrick decided to shut down the entire city. Almost a million people were ordered to stay inside, lock their doors and let absolutely no one in. Tactical teams devised plans and drew up maps of the area with one target in mind. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. The other half of the brothers who planted two bombs at the marathon finish line, hoping to strike fear into the hearts of the people of Boston. The city stayed completely still for the whole day of April 19th, 2013. In fact, even the city that loves their sports so much called off their games. The Red Sox and Bruins both postponed their games in order to help find Tsarnaev. Finally, as the sun was about to set over Boston, he was spotted. Found hiding out inside a boat parked in the driveway of a Watertown home, Tsarnaev was finally captured and taken into custody. What happened in the coming months and days showed why Boston is the toughest city in the nation.
The Boston Bruins were the first team to play at home after the bombings. The fans were filled with emotion going in. From the time the Bruins took the ice, it was clear this game was different than others. A tribute on the jumbotron began playing to all the people who were effected by the bombings. Players and fans both watched with watery eyes as Phillip Phillips’ “Home” began playing over the marathon montage. After the montage was over, it was time to start the usually pre-game ceremonies. It started how any other Bruins game would start. Rene Rancourt came out to sing the National Anthem, just as he has done every home game for over 40 years. However, as he was signing he became a little choked up. He noticed that the entire TD Garden was signing along. Rancourt stopped signing and let the fans carry on. This moment sent chills up the spines of anyone who was watching. This was more than a game.
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