SNC Year In Review: How Marathon Bombings changed Boston forever

SNC Year In Review: How Marathon Bombings changed Boston forever
December 25, 2013, 6:00 pm
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Patriots' Day, also known as Marathon Monday, is a unique Boston holiday. The Boston Marathon is run from Hopkinton, Mass., into the streets of the city. There's the 11 a.m. Red Sox game at Fenway Park. Crowds gather to cheer the runners on. It's truly a day unlike any other in a city that's one of a kind.

That was all shattered at 2:49 p.m. on April 15, 2013. On that Marathon Monday, two pressure-cooker bombs were detonated near the marathon finish line on Boylston Street. Three spectators - Martin Richard, 9, Lingzi Lu, 23, and Krystle Campbell, 29 - were killed and 144 others were injured. An act of terror had stained a symbol of civic pride and community and had shaken the city.

In the days that followed, a police shootout and a "shelter in place" order locked down the city and surrounding area amid the harrowing manhunt for the bombing suspects. An MIT police officer, Sean Collier, became the fourth person killed in connection with the bombings.

As part of SportsNet Central's Year In Review, we look back on those days and remember. Amid the tragedy, there were hundreds of stories of heroism and demonstrations of resolve from the city, its people, its sports teams and their fans.

This was symbolized by the TD Garden crowd taking over singing the "Star Spangled Banner" before a Bruins playoff game to create a stirring rendition of the national anthem.

This was shown in David Ortiz's now famous "This is our [expletive] city!" address to the Fenway crowd in the first game there after the bombings.

Red Sox manager John Farrell called the bombings a galvanizing event for his team in its championship season.

The horror of Marathon Monday also had the same impact on the city and the region, giving birth to the phrase "Boston Strong."

That most unique of holidays will remain a day to celebrate Boston, but will likely have a new meaning from now on, too.