By CHRIS ZADOROZNY, Sports Editor
It was a state holiday in Massachusetts on Monday. Everyone had the day off work, children were out of school, and 27,000 people were running the Boston Marathon, many more spectating the event.
Unfortunately, for many, it will be something they will never be able to erase from their minds. Three were confirmed killed late Monday evening, with hundreds more injured, some with amputations of their legs in two explosions in Copley Square in Boston.
How did this happen? Why did this happen? Nobody knows, not even the President who gave his speech at about 6:10pm Monday evening. I wrote a piece in the short amount of time that I had with the facts that were found out, only four hours after the explosions.
For me, Monday was supposed to be the last day for myself and four others, who are graduating at the end of this month. It was supposed to be our last hurrah. For me, it was the culmination of three years of hard work, as a writer and an editor at the Michigan Journal, coming to a close.
Like previous editors, it was supposed to be a happy time, and yet a sad time. Our college careers were coming to a close, with many memories to cherish as we move on. When news broke of the explosions, I didn’t think much of it. Maybe it’s a gas explosion I thought to myself.
Then I took to Twitter, what is now becoming a valuable news source for many journalists and news outlets. You can’t always trust what you read on the internet, but when it comes from credible sources, usually it’s true.
Throughout the day, I followed the events via Twitter and CNN which was live streaming video out of Boston and in their newsroom. I was very shaken up. As a fellow runner, I can only imagine what it would be like, finishing a marathon, only to be hit by two large explosions.
As news kept filtering in throughout the day, I was hit hard by this, and the day went from being about me and my fellow editors’ last day, to being about this event, and how it’s being covered, how can I help all the way in Dearborn, and what can I do to make sure people know their loved ones are safe.
Friends, family members, bystanders, all around you cheering you on one minute, and the next, they might not even be there.
As the now former sports editor of the MJ, I know that people rely on sports for relief from real life. They use it as an outlet for themselves either recreationally or just as a viewer. Either way, sports give relief.
In time, just like 9/11, sports for Bostonians, and those affected around the world in this tragedy, will use sports to help get back to some sort of normalcy before the blasts. Unfortunately for them, that normalcy will never return.
Boston needs our prayers and our support now more than ever. There will be people who start to say who did this, or who to blame, and politics will most certainly have influence on what to think. Those who do, have no respect for those who are affected and have no intelligence into what a tragedy really is. There are some things that should be said and some things that shouldn’t be said.
Now is not the time to blame someone or to point fingers. Now is the time to go give blood, to wear a race shirt in honor of the victims, to reach a hand out to help one another in need, to make sure that anyone affected by this horrific tragedy has someone to help them get through this.
When you leave your place of residence every morning, remember one thing, to love what you have, because you don’t know how long you will have it for. Family, friends, anything you find close to you, tell them you love them.
Like President Obama said in his speech late Monday evening, “On days like this there are no Republicans or Democrats – we are Americans, united in concern for our fellow citizens. We still do not know who did this, or why, but make no mistake, we will find out.”