Plymouth State Students Respond to Boston Marathon Tragedy

By Alex Herbst ’15

The United States and the world were left in a state of shock and horror on April 15, when the horrific bombings of the Boston Marathon took place. Many students at Plymouth State felt the affects of the bombings, whether it was the athletic training majors that were working at the marathon, or the students on campus who knew someone running in the race. It was these connections to the city of Boston that would mobilize Plymouth State students in a unified front to honor the victims of this unthinkable tragedy.

The first event put on by PSU students was a moment of silence held outside of the HUB the day after the bombs went off. An entirely student-led initiative, over one hundred students joined together in honoring the victims with the playing of the national anthem, followed by a minute of silence.

Later the same week on April 19, Recreational Programs, the Class of 2014, and Gluten Free PSU partnered in putting together a remembrance walk for the victims of the bombings. Over one hundred and fifty students, faculty, staff, and community members came out to support Boston, wearing their blue and yellow clothes, and many others with Boston apparel as well. The event began with the playing of the national anthem, as sung by fans at the Boston Bruins-Buffalo Sabres hockey game earlier that week, followed by a moment of silence. The participants then lined up to run and walk the course through the center of campus in honor of the people of Boston.

The events of April 15 will not be soon forgotten by Plymouth State students, or by others around the country. It is tragedies like these that truly unite communities, and nations. The events put on in the aftermath of the marathon bombings by students are a reminder of not only how far tragedy can reach, but also of the truly honorable and caring spirit of this university.

Plymouth State University is Boston Strong.

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