Boston Strong is not just a meme, it is a birth right for Bostonians and always has been. The Boston Marathon bombings on April 15, 2013 was not the first devastating event that has taken place on US soil. The American way of life has been under attack for decades now. In many cases the attacks on the American way of life has come from within. As with the catastrophic activities from foreign and domestic terrorists in New York, Oklahoma, Virginia, and Washington communities come together when faced with such devastation, even if it is for a short period of time. The outside world has always labeled New York City as the strongest city in the nation, but truth is there is no stronger place in America than Boston. Boston Strong truly embodies the make-up of the city, the culture, and the people. It is the core of who Bostonians are.
When the people of Boston got attacked the world was simply awoken to what the people of New England have always known; there is an individual and community strength in every citizen and neighborhood in the city. The citizens of Boston have braved the best and worst of what our great nation has endured. From the very first settlers that landed at Plymouth Rock, the nation began in the toughest of environments by the toughest of society, and has endured for centuries. Braving the Atlantic, standing strong to the harshest of winters, strength has always been born into the landscape of Boston. So when 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev and his younger brother, 19-year-old Dzhokhar, attacked the people of Boston they were hoping to devastate a culture, however, they quickly learned that they had awoken a sleeping giant.
Any sports fan can see there are no greater fanatical beings in America than those who love their Bruins, Red Sox, and Celtics. From the neighborhoods of Cambridge to Dorchester, the people of Boston are not secretive in their love and protection of this great city. When the bombs exploded in April 2013 people came together to protect its victims, but they also came together to hunt those that brought devastation upon their streets. There was a true fear amongst law enforcement officials that the citizens would take matters into their own hands, and they had every reason to believe that would indeed be the case. Vigilantes quickly began organizing in neighborhoods and online. Debating the information given from various news sources and talking to fellow citizens on the streets, the hunt was on. Accusations began flying online as Bostonians started posting pictures of the bombing site, not for its gruesome details, but for the purpose of hunting down every individual that had been at the site of the explosions. For anyone who has ever seen a Yankees vs Red Sox game or a Bruins match one knows that the people of Boston were not looking to meet up for a chat. Police and FBI knew they needed to find those responsible quickly before citizens did. Luckily the police did find the suspects quickly and the citizens came together as one yet again. Boston is not only the bravest, but also filled with many of the world’s most intelligent citizens. In the end they did the right thing, they cleared the streets, they gathered in their homes, and they allowed the police to take down those that dared to devastate the nation’s founding city.
Boston truly is America. The people of the city represent what is great about this nation and where our strength comes from. Americans are all Bostonians and Americans will never forget. The immigrants that have filled this land did so with strength and dignity, built strong from the foundation at Plymouth Rock. Boston has produced many of the greatest minds in the world, and many more of the most powerful. There will never be an event that will devastate the city in a manner that could end its greatness. Everyone in America owes this nation’s greatness to the city and people of Boston. America has always been and will always be Boston Strong.
Opinion by Kimberly Beller