I was born not too far from Boston.
I've spend a lot of time in the city. I went to college there and I still call it home, even though I haven't lived there in over 10 years.
Boston is a special city, a special city with great traditions and a great history. It's a city known for its funny accents.
It's also a city that was instrumental in laying the foundations of America. The Boston Tea Party. The Boston Massacre. The Battles of Lexington and Concord. Bunker Hill. Massachusetts is the home of John Adams, John Hancock and Paul Revere. Boston is a city that stands for freedom.
Bostonians still carry a chip on our shoulders; always will. We can't help it. It's in our ancestors' blood.
We're still the loveable losers, even though the Red Sox have won a couple World Series. We'll always support the Sox, the Pats, the Celts and the Bs. Sometimes, even obnoxiously. Bostonians wear jerseys and hats not just because we love those teams, but because we are proud of our city. Because of what that B stands for.
In Boston we talk about Fenway. We still miss the Garden. We love the old Italian neighborhood, the North End. Bostonians are proud to have the oldest restaurant in the United States: the Union Oyster House. We're proud the have to longest-running marathon which has been held annually since 1897. We love the USS Constitution, Harvard, MIT and the rest of the city's colleges (shout out to the Emerson College Lions). We take the T and we love "chowda!"
Boston never leaves us. No matter where we go, whether it's Quincy or Phoenix, and no matter how many years have passed since we called it home.
Monday's bombings won't deter our spirit. It will only bring us closer together. Acts of terror won't slow down Boston. It only means we'll take more pride routing for the Sox and the Pats. It only means the chowder will taste that much better.
And it certainly means the 118th running of the Boston Marathon will carry even more significance when Krystle Campbell, 8-year old Martin Richard and every other victim is honored.
- Boston PD: 3 more in custody in bombing case
- U of A alum, husband injured in bombings
- Suspect influenced by strange radical
- Mosque: Suspect had 2 recent ourbursts
- Aunt: Suspects struggled with Islam
- Officials: Suspects motived by religion
- Chinese victim of blasts remembered
- Bomb suspect's wife was talented artist
- Supporters: Don't link immig. bill to Boston
- Senator: Bombing suspect shot in throat
- Official: Bombers likely sought more attacks
- Services held to honor victims, responders
- Mass. gov: No idea on bomb suspects' motive
- Boston mayor: Bombing suspects acted alone
- Police commissioner: No interview yet
- Prosecutors working to build Marathon case
- Doctor: Dead suspect's wounds 'head to toe'
- Public defenders will represent bomb suspect
- Official: Enough evidence to convict suspect
- Gov: Bombing suspect seriously hurt, stable
- FBI interviewed Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011
- Bombing suspect alive and in custody
- 3 questioned for MA bombing involvement
- Obama: Capture closes chapter in tragedy
- Police: Bombing suspect may not have car
- Suspect's father: son 'true angel'
- Statement: Dad of suspects says sons framed
- Police: Bomb suspects spent night in Honda
- MIT police officer killed in campus shooting
- Authorities ID wounded transit officer
- FBI releases photos, video of bomb suspects
- Bomb suspect studied accounting
- Report: 15 officers injured in suspect search
- Marathon crime scene photos released
- Classmates claim suspect seen this week
- Report: Suspect should have been deported
- Classmates stunned over accusations
- Report: Leader blames bombing on U.S.
- PD: Security upped ahead of Pat's Run
- Latino bashers, I introduce you to Arredondo
- 3 dead, over 170 injured in marathon blasts
- Chuck's List: They were all first responders
- Marathon bomb victim loses both legs
- Healthy You: Dealing with kids and tragedies
- Hunter: Why I'm proud to be Bostonian
- Runner snaps photo of suspect at scene
- VIDEO: Boston blast caught on camera
- VIDEO: Runner's view of marathon blasts
- VIDEO: Scene of Boston Marathon blasts
- Hunter: Did the world change on April 15?
- Statement from father of young victim
- Hunter: Interview with the guy in cowboy hat
- PHOTOS: Explosions at Boston Marathon