Scarcely had the terrible news from Copley Square broken when the somber prediction began to be heard everywhere: Boston will never be the same. The Marathon will never be the same. Patriots Day will never be the same.
After such a gory and public atrocity on what is normally such an upbeat, festive day, that was a wholly understandable reaction. “There goes another piece of our freedom, another sacred and oh-so-local institution,” wrote the Boston Globe’s Dan Shaughnessy in his column yesterday. The horrifying images and grisly details of the first successful terrorist bombing on US soil since Sept. 11, 2001, are now indelibly etched into Boston’s memory. The dead will soon be laid to rest, the shattered glass and blood will be cleaned up. And the heartbreak and shock of this week’s attack will cast a shadow over the city for a long, long time — never more so than on each Patriots Day to come.