Sammy Nickalls
April 15, 2015 11:51 am

Two years ago today, time stood still. A normally cheerful, patriotic event — the Boston Marathon — was suddenly and instantly transformed into a scene of tragedy and pain. Three people were killed and over 250 injured when two homemade bombs exploded near the marathon’s finish line. For those in Boston, and around the country, it was a terrifying day; one that hung heavy with sadness in our hearts and hurt on our minds.

But out of the greatest tragedies can come the greatest triumphs. Boston mayor Marty Walsh has now declared April 15 “One Boston Day,” according to Boston Magazine. Calling it a “new Boston tradition,” the official website explains the day will be “a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city that it is.” What better way to wipe away pain than with joy.

2:49 p.m. is the exact time that the bombs went off, and people in Boston will commemorate this time with a moment of silence, followed by church bells that will ring throughout the city. “It’s a day for us to really, truly rally around the city of Boston and continue the great tradition of this city in the aftermath of the marathon bombing,” said Mayor Walsh in a video posted on the website.

The day will also include many community events and donations. According to Boston Magazine, many businesses throughout the city are participating in the initiative:

“The Hyatt Regency at Downtown Crossing is collecting 502 pairs of shoes — one for each of their rooms — to donate to the St. Francis House homeless shelter. The Museum of Science is offering free entry to its Butterfly Garden, where visitors can reflect in peace. The Massachusetts chapter of the American Red Cross is holding a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sheraton. Legal Sea Foods is delivering lunch to the firehouse in Fenway. Boston Calling is donating a quarter of proceeds from all tickets purchased today to One Fund charities created in honor of the victims. From 10 a.m. to noon, with the help of volunteers, classic rock radio station 100.7 WZLX is cleaning up Filippello Park, located in the Watertown community where a shootout between law enforcement and the Tsarnaev brothers took place days after the marathon.”

Many citizens are also sharing personal acts of kindness on Twitter using the hashtag “#OneBostonDay”:

People are also sharing their acts of kindness and One Boston Day experiences on Instagram:

We love this amazing new tradition, and we think it’s beautiful that Boston is using kindness to remember such tragedy. Together, the people of Boston are standing strong, and the rest of America is with them.

(Featured image via Makers)