On April 15, when the world started to react to the Boston Marathon Bombing, the declaration “Boston Strong” was picked up and echoed around the globe. So much was said in those two words – our city, our pride, our will – that even baseball and hockey rivals dare not mock it.
You could count the hours later when an April 17 fire and explosion in a fertilizer plant killed 14 in the tiny town of West, Texas. News reports note the “blast at the 10-acre plant left a crater 10 feet deep and more than 90 feet across, destroyed two schools, a nursing home and a nearby apartment building and shook homes 50 miles away.”
The blast damaged many, many homes in this tiny town, some so badly they needed to be razed. Families vowing to rebuild spray-painted messages of hope and resilience on their homes before the houses were torn down.
American Red Cross public affairs staffer Anita Foster saw one message and knew Boston needed to see it. “West Strong,” was all it said, in tribute to the strength the world has seen in Boston.
As those who had homes damaged or destroyed in West continue to work on their long term recovery plan, the Red Cross will continue to be of assistance, providing the means for families to rent new homes, replacing prescription medications and eyeglasses and other services.
The American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts continues to support the families of the injured who were at the Boston Marathon.