One week after the bombings at the Boston Marathon, Boston and its residents are returning to some sense of normalcy. Over the weekend, Mayor Thomas Menino outlined a plan to reopen Copley Square and Boylston Street, which remain closed due to damage and the federal investigation into the attacks. The area is one of Boston’s busiest shopping areas for locals and tourists alike, and home to a major MBTA station.
Although it will likely be weeks before the area will be fully open to the public, Bostonians continue to demonstrate unity and resilience in more ways than one.
On Saturday afternoon, the Red Sox faced off against the Kansas City Royals in the first game at Fenway Park since the Marathon. First responders got a heroes’ welcome and the stands were filled with “Boston Strong” signs.
It’s not a game at Fenway without a rendition of “Sweet Caroline,” and on Saturday, songwriter Neil Diamond stepped up to take the lead.
Boston’s other major sports teams also showed support for their city. At TD Bank Garden, the Boston Bruins donated tickets to first responders and put “Boston Strong” decals on their helmets. The team has also launched a campaign to raise money for The One Fund Boston.
The Boston Celtics played the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on Saturday for Game 1 of their first-round playoff series. Before the game got underway, one player from each team took to the mic to honor Boston. “Boston will rise and run again,” said Paul Pierce on behalf of the Celtics. The Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony said, “We just want to let Boston know that we send our our prayers to them throughout this unfortunate tragedy. We as New Yorkers understand what you guys are going through.”