The terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon took place one week ago today, but somehow it seems as if the bombings occurred weeks ago so much happened in such a short span of time. Massachusetts and America watched as a devastated city reeled from the blow before rallying quickly. Heroism trumped cowardice, and excellent police work, aided substantially by the help of average citizens using electronic tools like camera cell phones that are of relatively recent vintage, restored much of the sense of security that was weakened last Monday.
In a powerful and poignant speech at an interfaith service in Boston on Thursday, President Obama said the attack was "personal," which is certainly how Berkshire residents feel. Like the president, many county residents attended school in one of the many acclaimed universities in and around the city. Many have lived there or have friends who do. County sports fans regularly head east on the turnpike to see the Bruins, Celtics and Red Sox or go to concerts, from classical to rock to everything in between, in the city's wide variety of music venues. We know Boston's landmarks, streets, restaurants and taverns.
Those in the commonwealth's far west join millions across the nation and globe in mourning those who lost their lives and in rooting for the recovery of those who suffered grievous physical harm. We are cheered by Boston's resilience and the good wishes that have flowed into the hub from all directions. Boston is indeed strong, and so are the state and nation.