The blood, death and heartache of six months ago was transformed into triumph and celebration Saturday as the World Series champions Boston Red Sox victory parade stopped at the Boston Marathon finish line for a special ceremony.
Outfielder Jonny Gomes positioned the World Series trophy on the finish line and draped a “Boston Strong 617” jersey over it. “617” refers to the first three digits of many Boston telephone numbers.
Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia assisted Gomes as singer Ronan Tynan led the players and cheering fans in a rousing “God Bless America.”
The championship parade marked the restoration of a city’s soul, darkened during bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others who gathered last spring to watch the marathon near the finish line.
But on Saturday, the pall cast over that line was vanquished.
A great American city found its spirit returned. And it rejoiced.
“The last time I was standing on the streets of Boston was the day of the marathon, and I’d just like to say thank you to the Red Sox for bringing all these people back to the streets for something so great to celebrate,” said parade attendee Laurie Delaney of Dedham, Mass to CNN.
Watch the video of the event.