Boston Strong

Posted April 18, 2013 by Ross Wyszomierski in Downtown Boston
Boston Strong

It’s a day Bostonians will never forget. There are no words that can portray the horror that struck at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. This was supposed to be a day of celebration; a day where the city shuts down all together. The weather was perfect for the morning Sox game—something that normally doesn’t cooperate with the marathon. After the game, as most individuals head down to the finish line to watch the runners complete the grueling course. This day is topped off with celebrations all night long, and ending with a Bruins game. On this day, the smiles and the celebrations went missing. Instead we found shock and terror.

Bostonians had to find someplace we could look to for comfort and strength. Some may say that it was too quick to move on, but I believe, we, as Bostonians, found that comfort in a magical night at the Garden on Wednesday.

Rene Rancourt had sung countless nation anthems at the Garden, but this one was going to be different. He walked out onto the ice and took his place next to the Boston Fire Color Guard as the two blue and yellow banners illuminated on the ice displaying the message “Boston Strong.” The hush arena watched as a “Boston Strong” themed video played to the tune of “Home,” by Philip Phillips.

Rancourt got as far as “What so proudly we…,” before he dropped the microphone and 17,565 Bruins fans, Bostonians, and Americans joined in sang as one. This is what it means to come together as one. For a moment, we all forgot about the sporting event that was just moments away, and we stood as Americans. It is moments like this that can bring us together to show our support and how strong Americans are. It was not wrong to hold this hockey game so quickly after the incident, it was just what Bostonians needed! This was something to look forward to, if this game distracted only one person for even a moment of time from the tragedy that had happened; it did its job.

During the game, you saw the support in handmade crowd signage, the t-shirts and the tears on the faces. We will not forget what happened—don’t think that for a second. However, we Bostonians are showing the world that we are not going to live in fear.

Rancourt is not afraid to admit that he indeed did need help singing the national anthem at the game. “Actually, it did help me and I did need help and I’m not ashamed to admit it,” he said. “Because if you even start thinking of the words a little bit in this context, because of the terrorism…you start tearing up.”

Normally Bruins fans break out in a “Let’s go Bruins” chant after the anthem. On Wednesday they changed it a bit to, “Let’s go Boston.”

I couldn’t agree more, let’s go Boston! Keep fighting. We will get through this.


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