The holiday is Patriot's Day, which essentially remembers and commemorates some of the beginning battles of the Revolutionary War.
|Statue of the Lexington Minuteman|
on Lexington Green, Lexington, Mass.
Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons
It's also the day of the Boston Marathon. Last year the celebratory spirit of the event was marred by a terror attack, in which 3 people here killed at the bombings near the finish line, and 1 police officer with the M.I.T. campus police was killed a few days later during gunfire as they were pursuing the suspected perpetrators.
My aunt always qualifies for and runs the Marathon, and she will be participating again this year. She runs as part of a fundraising event for breast cancer survivors, having survived breast cancer herself.
Brad and I will be with my family along the route again this year to cheer her on. We've also invited Sam and Rick to join us.
After the bombings last year, the city really came together in so many different ways to support the families of those killed, as well as the over 260 survivors who lost limbs and suffered other physical wounds. The theme that seemed to emerge was "Boston Strong," as everyone was determined to come out of this horror even stronger than before.
I'm really proud of my aunt. She is one of my heroes, and I feel she deserves an even higher honor than "hero" -- maybe sainthood. You see, we were sure the terror attack would discourage her from running this year. Know what she said? "Of course I'm running next year. I have to run for the people who can't run because they were killed or wounded." That's my Aunt Nora in a nutshell. Aunt Nora Strong.
So we'll be waiting for Aunt Nora to run past us today. And every single one of us will probably be in tears as we yell our support to her when she runs by.