Marathon Bombings: Our Favorite Tributes to Boston

In the 48 hours since two bombs tore through the crowd of spectators lining the route of the Boston Marathon, tributes to the victims and to the city have flowed in from around the world.

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In the 48 hours since two bombs tore through the crowd of spectators lining the route of the Boston Marathon, tributes to the victims and to the city have flowed in from around the world. Here’s a few of NewsFeed’s favorites.

From Brooklyn:

The Occupy Wall Street Light Brigade, a social activism group, offered support on behalf of New York City by projecting inspirational messages on the side of the Brooklyn Academy of Music building Monday night. Affiliated with the group is political art project The Illuminator, which contributed to the display with LED images to support the grieving city.

From Milwaukee:

In Milwaukee, members of the Overpass Light Brigade also showed their solidarity with a luminous Monday night display. According to its website, the group was “forged in the activist climate of the Wisconsin Uprising” and shines messages over highways for “grassroots and progressive causes.” This time, the sentiment was clear, simple and nonpartisan: “We mourn with Boston.”

From London:

Runners in Sunday’s London Marathon have been encouraged to race “for Boston” by crossing the finish line with their hands over their hearts as a tribute to those affected by the bombings. The initiative has already gained traction on Twitter thanks to the hashtag #HandsOverHearts.

From Space:

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who has been tweeting gorgeous photographs from his post aboard the International Space Station, shared another beautiful image following the news out of Boston: a glowing bird’s-eye view of the grieving city.

From a Pro Baseballer:

Before taking the field at Cincinnati’s Great American Ballpark Monday evening, Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Ben Revere wrote “Pray for Boston” on a piece of paper and applied it to his glove. The 24-year-old also happened to use said glove to make an epic diving catch in the second inning of his team’s game against the Reds.

From The New York Yankees:

The Bronx Bombers put aside their century-old rivalry with the Boston Red Sox by posting a simple sign on Yankee stadium. And that wasn’t all: from one of the most heated emnities in sports sprang forth a veritable fountain of goodwill. The Yanks also honored their longtime foes by playing “Sweet Caroline”  during Tuesday’s game  — a Fenway Park tradition — and inspired this New Yorker cartoon.

From Patton Oswalt:

Image: Patton Oswalt speaks onstage during the 26th American Cinematheque Award Honoring Ben Stiller - Show

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Patton Oswalt

Comedian Patton Oswalt’s inspiring Facebook post about the bombings went viral in the hours after the attacks. His message read, in part, “when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or fear or just garden-variety misogyny, hatred or ignorance, just look it in the eye and think, “The good outnumber you, and we always will.” Oswalt also tweeted the famous Mr. Rogers quote that’s appeared across Facebook and Twitter.

From Stephen Colbert

The faux-host of The Colbert Report got real Tuesday night, addressing his sympathies toward the city of Boston — and toward any coward stupid enough to attack it. After all, you don’t mess with Boston lightly: this was a city founded by the Pilgrims, “a people so tough they had to buckle their goddamn hats on.”


From the Chicago Tribune:

Image: A copy of the Chicago Tribune's sports page from April 16, 2013

Chicago Tribune

The Chicago Tribune put the Windy City’s notorious rivalry with Boston aside for a touching tribute on the front of its sports section. The simple salute features shout-outs to each of Boston’s well-known sports teams and ends with a simple “Hang in there, Boston.”