The terrorist bombing at the Boston Marathon was a terrible act of cowardice. Two bombs were detonated near the race’s finish line at approximately 2:49 p.m., on April 15. The bombs were set off almost thirteen seconds apart, near the finish line on Boylston Street. Among the three deaths reported, is that of an eight-year old boy named Martin Richard. Over 170 people were injured at this tragic event.
Later that same day, President Barack Obama made a statement about the bombing, in which he said, “Any individuals or groups responsible for the senseless bombing will feel the full weight of justice.”
On April 22, the last of the two suspects, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was taken into custody. The other suspect, Dzhokhar’s brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was killed during a stand-off with the police on the night of Friday, April 19. There was a visible relief on the faces of Bostonians who lined the street around the area of the arrest. The crowd cheered wildly in support of law enforcement’s effort, a sight not seen very often in America today.
The bombing’s effects could be felt all over the nation, including in Washington D.C., which is a mere ten miles away from Falls Church. Falls Church’s own Metro stops as well as local airports had hyped up security.
Among the effects in D.C. after the bombing, Pennsylvania Avenue, in front of the White House, was closed to public traffic for about a week.
The Emancipation Day Parade, which took place the day after the bombing in D.C., also had added security. People kept a lookout for anything that seemed suspicious, and luckily the event went on without a hitch.
The local effects were relatively minimal; life in our area seemed to go on without much change. This may have been because the bombing did not occur close to home, and there was no local threat. The changes were subtle, like a slight increase in traffic because of fear of using the Metro.
On April 17, Tyrone Byrd, principal at George Mason, held a moment of silence for the victims of the bombing. One week after the incident, Monday, April 22, Byrd again held a moment of silence during seventh block to coincide with the time of the bombing.
Jennifer Jayson, a mathematics teacher at Mason, had firsthand experience with this incident. Jayson’s husband ran in the Boston Marathon this year, but luckily finished nearly an hour before the bombs went off. Jayson replied that when the bombs exploded her husband “was in his hotel… he was going to go down to the finish line to watch others finish the race.” Thankfully, he was not physically injured, but he was shaken up by the incident.
As stated earlier, maybe the local effects were subtle ones, but much like 9/11, this tragedy will not soon be forgotten, nor should it be.