For Boston, messages of support from around the world

A runner shows a banner reading: "Boston we are with you - Belgrade runners" in an organized memorial run to show solidarity with victims of the Boston...
A runner shows a banner reading: "Boston we are with you - Belgrade runners" in an organized memorial run to show solidarity with victims of the Boston...
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As the people of Boston begin to heal following the fatal attack on their city’s marathon, people from all over the world (and even outside of it) are showing their support.

Here are some of the tributes.


One of the few cities that can rival Boston in its level of sports-crazed fans, the Windy City honored the victims of Boston with this message on the front page of the Chicago Tribune’s sports section:  “We are Chicago Red Sox; we are Chicago Celtics; we are Chicago Bruins; we are Chicago Patriots; we are Chicago Revolution… As much as it is anathema for a Chicago fan to root for any other town—especially Beantown and all of its championship rings—here we are. Hang in there, Boston.”

There was also a moment of silence held for Boston victims prior to the Blackhawks-Stars game at the United Center on Monday night.

New York

Flags are set to fly at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of the Boston bombings at the direction of Gov. Cuomo, who said in a statement: “I join with my fellow New Yorkers and Americans in mourning the loss of the innocent lives that were taken in yesterday’s terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon. I extend my deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the victims, as well as the residents of Boston.”

On Monday night, the Brooklyn Academy of Music had messages of solidarity and support illuminated on its façade. Projections reading, “Peace and Love,” lit up the side of the Peter Jay Sharp building on the corner of Lafayette and Ashland Place.

The New York Yankees announced a gesture of solidarity with Boston–home to the team’s most storied rival. The Yankees will hold a moment of silence during Tuesday night’s game, and play Fenway favorite, “Sweet Caroline,” at the end of the third inning. “Our thoughts are with the Boston community,” said the team in a tweet.


Phillies center fielder Ben Revere sported a special message on his glove during a Monday night game against the Cincinnati Reds. Revere taped “Pray for Boston” to his mitt, which he later used to make an awesome catch, saving a run and scoring a double play.


Residents illuminated a message reading, “We mourn with Boston,” over a downtown overpass Monday night.


City Council member Helena Brown organized a vigil in front of the Houston City Hall Monday night to honor the victims of the Boston bombings. “It was such a tragic attack on innocent victims,” she said. “We as a community need to come together.”

Washington, DC

President Obama ordered American flags at the White House, federal buildings, and military facilities to fly at half-staff Tuesday to recognize the attack in Boston. Speaking at press conference Tuesday morning, the president marveled at the heroism Bostonians displayed in the moments after the bombs struck.  “If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, this is it: selflessly, compassionately, unafraid,” he said. “I know that even as we protect our people and aggressively pursue this investigation, the people of Boston will continue to respond in the same proud, and heroic way that they have thus far. And their fellow Americans will be right there with them.”


There were a total of seven honorary runs across the Atlanta metro Tuesday morning to remember Boston victims, organizers said. The Big Peach Running Company sponsored one-mile silent runs in DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, and Gwinnett Counties, where dozens of runners woke up before sunrise to participate in the event.

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Salt Lake City

Some runners in Saturday’s Salt Lake City marathon will wear green in honor of Boston, participants said. Others plan to tie on green ribbons and armbands. The campaign was started on the race’s Facebook page, and has since gained momentum.


The University of Texas Tower bells–the largest musical structure in Texas–will ring out in dedication to Boston victims on Tuesday afternoon. Selections will include “Amazing Grace” and “A Mighty Fortress Is our God,” said one of the students set to perform.

Athens, Georgia

More than two dozen runners gathered at Spec Towns Track in Athens early Tuesday morning, and bowed their heads in silent vigil for the tragedy in Boston. Four members of the Athens Road Runners club took part in Monday’s marathon, but none were hurt in the bombings.


Across the pond, runners in London have pledged to cross the finish line of their upcoming marathon with their hands covering their hearts to honor Boston. Officials have tightened security for Sunday’s race to ward off any copycat attacks.

Outer space

News of the tragedy made its way all the way to space, where Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield shared an image of Boston at night from the International Space Station. “Tonight’s finale: a somber spring night in Boston,” said Hadfield in a tweet.

For Boston, messages of support from around the world