Mass Truckers Support 2013 Marathon Bombing Victims
By Robert Conrad
The Boston Marathon attracts runners from all over the world each year to compete in one of our nation's most historic cities. This year the running of the marathon was marked by tragedy thanks to the cowardly acts of terrorists. Terrorism is an ongoing problem all around the world and innocent civilians continue to be targeted. Two brothers, who don't deserve the publicity of being named, detonated two explosive devices near the finish line killing several spectators and severely injuring hundreds of others. State and local police were able to apprehend one suspect, and were forced to kill the second, in a gun battle that took place during the chase that lasted for, several days in the city.
Mike Rossi, a Boston native and a driver for Revere-based G/J Towing, wanted to do something to help the victims of the marathon bombings. He decided to get his fellow drivers together for a convoy along the marathon route, to raise money on their behalf. The convoy was named Mass Truckers United Strong For 26. The trucks would convoy the 26-mile marathon route and cross the same finish line that many of this year's runners never were able to cross as a result of the bombings. After weeks of planning, May 26, 2013 was chosen for the MA Truckers United Strong For 26 Convoy, which has since been nicknamed the "Boston Strong Convoy" in honor of the victims.
The week leading up to the convoy was filled with rain and it continued into the morning of the event. Perhaps it wasn't rain at all, but tears from Heaven, as those who were killed saw close to 100 trucks come out to convoy on their behalf.
Truckers met at the Burlington Mall in Burlington, MA and were led by a police escort back onto the highway to head into the city. The convoy was quite a sight as it rolled thru the city of Boston showing that Massachusetts Truckers were not going to stand for terrorism. The rumble of the diesel engines and the blaring horns certainly put an exclamation point on the phrase "Boston Strong." The convoy actually crossed the finish line and stopped in the middle lane for several minutes. Drivers opened their doors to shake hands with spectators who came to say thank you for their support of the marathon victims.
A reception party was held for the drivers at the Sons of Italy in Watertown, MA not far from where one of the suspects was caught. Mike Rossi's girlfriend Angela DeRossa coordinated a full barbeque, DJ, and dancing which made for a festive end to this incredible fundraiser. Mike Rossi, Angela DeRossa, the police escorts, and all of the drivers who came out to participate in the convoy, showed the true meaning of the phrase "Boston Strong" and they showed terrorists that the American Spirit will never be broken!