This month I'm taking a little turn with my LITM post. Typically I post little moments of our lives that I don't want to forget. The details. The everyday. The normal. In this month's post I have moments I don't want to forget. I have details. However, these moments are not everyday. They are not normal. At least for our part of the world.
This month I am sharing the pictures that I took of the Makeshift Memorial at the Boston Marathon finish line. I will let the pictures do the talking but I do want to explain a bit of the feeling. Sure there is plenty of feeling in these but I'm talking about the feeling while standing there next to hundreds of strangers looking at the memorial.
As we approached the area everything was blocked off. And unexpectedly everything was untouched to how it was left on Monday. There was trash everywhere in the buffer zone. Everything needed to be left exactly as is for evidence. There were blocks and blocks of "crime scene". It was very eerie to say the least. And once we got to the spot where the main memorial was there was silence. Sure there were people talking but it wasn't the normal sound level of the city. People were crying, hugging each other, standing and staring, standing with their eyes closed, taking pictures and just feeling.
There were two veteran volunteers manning the memorial while we were there. I wrote a post about the man with the dog here. They had people hang flags and assisted them in finding a spot for the items that they brought. There was a little boy there that brought up a flower and then got some love from the man's dog. It was innocent and sweet and just the kind of moment that we all needed.
I have a lot pictures this month. Please forgive me. Also please check out Melissa's LITM post this month.