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Marathon memories: Tragedy and togetherness

April 15. 2018 10:00PM

Patriots’ Day is a state holiday in Massachusetts, but serves as the unofficial start of spring across New England.

The Boston Marathon and the Red Sox morning game mark an annual transition to warmer months ahead. However, the Red Sox game has been postponed this year because of the weather.

While yesterday was the fifth anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured hundreds more, today is the day that brings those memories back.

The bombings and what followed will be a part of Patriots’ Day from now on. We will forever remember the loss and the pain.

We will remember the chilling images of a major American city locked down as police hunted for the bombers.

We will remember Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi, and 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the explosions.

We will remember MIT Police Officer Sean Collier and Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds, who were killed in the line of duty during the manhunt.

We will remember David Ortiz rallying Fenway Park, and the nation, to be Boston Strong. We will remember the Red Sox placing the World Series trophy at the marathon finish line that fall.

That shared tragedy and togetherness are now part of our history.

We honor those who died, salute those who survived, and thank those who risk their lives to keep us safe.

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