I'm sick in bed with the flu today, but I thought it was important that everyone take a moment to think about their lives.
One year ago today my life changed forever. My innocent love of Boston and the world were shattered to pieces as I witnessed the pure hatred and evil that one man can hold for another. No amount of time will allow me to process what happened, because I can never comprehend the evil someone would posses to ever want to murder innocent people. The terrorists at the Boston Marathon did much more than kill four people. They destroyed our sense of security, our understanding of humanity and our trust in other people. They ripped a member of my community, my MIT family, from us and left a permanent scar on Boylston Street.
Remember that we are Boston Strong, and I thank the people who make me hesitate to lose all faith in humanity. Thank you to those who, while others ran away, ran towards the bombs, and helped the victims on the street. Thank you to the first responders who helped them to the hospital, and the hospital staff that worked endlessly to bring their lives closer to normal.
We all owe a huge debt to our police officers. In the midst of Office Collier's death, I knew that no matter what I could count on the MIT Police to keep our campus safe for us. Thank you to the Boston, Cambridge and all other forces for pursuing that monster on a rainy Thursday night. Thank you for bringing him to justice as he forced an entire city into their homes, emptying the streets and bringing our city to a standstill. I'll never be able to express my gratitude for the safety you assured us in Boston's darkest hour. Your courage and strength are always admired, and I know that the entire community will forever see you as heroes.
As for this year, keep running. Go and support the marathon, cheer for runners, and show that this city will never lie down. We will forever fight back for our home and our way of life. I hope the whole world will stay Boston Strong this weekend as we prove that while they may take our legs, we will never stop running.