Former Mayor Flynn to Newsmax: Boston Will Come Back Stronger

Tuesday, 16 Apr 2013 06:41 PM

By Greg Richter and Kathleen Walter

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Boston will come back stronger after Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn tells Newxmax TV.

“It’s really painful because of the fact that it’s such a treasure not just for Boston residents, but it’s probably the greatest sporting event in the world,” Flynn said. “The Boston Marathon, of course, and Patriots’ Day is such a meaningful day for all Boston residents, and so it’s a day when people reflect on the great tradition and heritage of our nation, the birthplace of American freedom and the Revolution and patriotism …”

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Flynn had been at the marathon site himself, but had left with a grandchild. His daughter and four other grandchildren were still near the finish line when the blasts occurred. Flynn retured and picked them up, noting that the children were still shaken up on Tuesday.

“I don’t think this is something that people who were there, witnessed and experienced this are going to soon forget,” he told Newsmax.

Flynn noted that the father of the 8-year-old victim who was killed had just finished the race, and is a well-known person in the community. “It’s like a family event, and that’s why we’re in shock, in pain, but committed that this isn’t going to get the best of Boston”

Flynn, who is also a former U.S. ambassador to the Vatican, urged tighter security for such events. “You have to take these necessary steps in order to protect innocent people.”

Asked about how people can support the city, Flynn noted, “there’s always prayer and there’s always supporting people, just a kind word. A kind act, saying the best days of America are yet to come and that especially includes the city of Boston and its people.”







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