Shipping up to Boston
This week, we are all Boston.
Community Connection was saddened and shocked to hear of the recent bombings at this year’s Boston Marathon. This week, Bean Town was poised to celebrate its time honored Marathon, the proud tradition of Patriots Day, and its position as one of America’s most dynamic cities.
We still salute Boston, and all it has to offer.
Patriots’ Day, honored the third Monday of every April, remembers the legendary Midnight Ride of Paul Revere and the glory of the Battles of Lexington & Concord. Long the seat of Colonial power, Boston was a hotbed of Revolutionary action, host to riots, demonstrations, and debates, from the Boston Tea Party to the Boston Massacre. On April 19, 1775, Revere and his colleague, William Dawes, rode to warn Colonists about an imminent British attack and to rouse the Minutemen. On a mission to arrest Patriots Samuel Adams and John Hancock, the British Redcoats sent 700 troupes to the town of Lexington. Although the roughly 77-man American militia was severely outnumbered, only 10 men were killed, and the American Revolution had begun in earnest.
Over a century later, Boston again became the host of a beloved American tradition with the famed Boston Marathon. As the brainchild of Olympic team manager John Graham, the Boston Marathon was inspired by the marathon of the newly instated Modern Olympic Games. 15 runners raced in the first Marathon; only 10 finished the 24.5-mile course (today’s course is a more accurate 26.2 miles long). The winner by almost seven minutes was John J. McDermott of New York, who finished the race in two hours, 55 minutes, and 10 seconds. Since then, the Boston Marathon has become the world’s oldest, most prestigious race. Women were finally allowed to compete in 1972, and a wheelchair division was sanctioned in 1975. Today, the Boston Marathon often attracts tens of thousands of runners.
We are deeply saddened by the dark mark left on this year’s race, but we know Boston will bounce back stronger than ever before. It was, and forever will be, America’s Patriot City.