Ali Baldassare

Ali Baldassare, 28

North End

I was fortunate. I was actually on my way home when I got word of what had happened. I was very hesitant about posting anything on Facebook that shed the day in a positive light, because I felt bad for people who got hurt. I did end up posting a few pictures of me because a friend of mine wrote a post on Facebook saying that, even though this day was completely overshadowed by tragic events, you should be proud of your accomplishments, because that’s what the day’s about. Initially I did feel bad. I felt terrible. I felt like the day was taken away, it was stolen.

—As told to Boston magazine. Photo by Scott M. Lacey

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  • Lora Brown

    Prayers are with you all from all over the globe. Please keep up the work so others can finish the race. God Bless You.