Boston Strong on this Financial Friday

Yes, I typically compile a list of three things that I heard, saw and learned this week that are financially focused. Today, it still feels hollow to post such points when my attention has admittedly stayed with the acts of courage, strength and community in Boston. Instead of a normal Friday post, let me share the following. Like 9/11, we will never forget. And yes, together, we are all #BostonStrong.

Since the senseless acts of violence in my hometown earlier this week, I’ve been playing over and over in my head my time in NYC on 9/10/01 and 9/12/01. Having watched both towers fall from the roof of my old east village apartment — 60 east 1st Street — the Boston Marathon’s bombing has me really shaken. You see, I grew up in Needham, MA and lived at 221 Newbury Street for several years after moving post-World Trade Center attacks. For those not familiar with Boston, this is a mere 1 1/2 blocks from the finish line on Comm Ave. Still, from the darkness of this week comes these three points of light:

(1) If you haven’t seen this already, watch the crowd sing the National Anthem at the Boston Bruins / Buffalo Sabres hockey game on Wednesday night. Massive chills for both the Bruins feed from the ice above (seriously, stop reading + watch this now) and this one from the rafters as a full house of patriots take over for Boston Bruins’ legendary anthem singer Rene Rancourt…

(2) To me, the RedSox ARE Boston… and their immediate actions following Monday’s tragedy conjured memories of the Patriots’ post-9/11 (*running out on the field with American flags held high). Sometimes baseball is more than just a sport. This is one of those times…

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3) Finally, they are our most hated rival — and in this case, our greatest ally. The New York Yankees are a class act & deserve more than just a tip of the cap for this immediate show of support. Despite our differences, what makes our country great is the love of our country.

New York Stands With Boston
New York Stands With Boston

“If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us … It should be pretty clear right now that they picked the wrong city to do it” ~ President Obama

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