Boston Marathon Tragedy: Nationwide Events Pay Respect to Victims


Various events across the nation have paid tribute to the city of Boston in the wake of the shocking and tragic bombings at the city’s annual marathon on Monday. Two explosions have left three people dead and several critically injured. Professional sports as well as the federal government have all joined in with reserving a moment of silence for this senseless tragedy. Here are just some of many events that have contributed their respects.

1. The New York Stock Exchange

The NYSE reserved 10 minutes of silence prior of the ringing of the bell to open trading. Investors on the floor can be seen bowing their heads in acknowledgement.

2. The Senate Floor

Upon voting for a bill, Senate majority leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) called for a moment of silence prior to resuming senate activity.

3. Minnesota Timberwolves

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While The Boston Celtics vs. the Indiana Pacers and Bruins vs. Ottawa Senators game have since been called off, the NBA has paid tribute for games that have resumed. The Minnesota Timberwolves took part in silent reflection before the start of their Monday night game against the Utah Jazz.

4. The NHL

Several observances were made during games for the National Hockey League. The Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames, San Jose Sharks, Chicago Blackhawks, and Dallas Stars all reserved moments of silence prior to resuming play. Chicago spectators showed immense patriotism in their rendition of the national anthem.

5. The MLB

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Major League Baseball also joined in on acknowledging the Boston Marathon tragedy. The Boston Red Sox played their game against the Tampa Bay Rays Monday at 11:05 am, and ended play just an hour before the bombings. Fans leaving Fenway Park could hear and witness the bombings nonetheless. The Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins stood alongside their dugouts and bowed their heads in silence. Philadelphia Phillies center fielder Ben Revere wrote and wore the message “Pray for Boston” proudly on his glove.