The City of Boston honored the survivors, first responders and those hurt in the Boston Marathon bombings on Tuesday. The city also held a moment of silence with Vice President Joe Biden to remember the three killed and 264 others who were hurt in the terrorists' attacks. Sixteen people had limbs amputated.
My wife, Melissa, and I witnessed the attacks. Melissa finished the race and was getting her picture taken with her finisher's medal when the first bomb went off. She felt the blast rattle her feet and pulse through her chest. She saw the second bomb go off, too. She was not physically hurt.
I traveled to Boston to cheer on my wife as she ran the 2013 Boston Marathon. I was standing about a block away from the second bomb near the finish line when it went off. I remember seeing people with panic on their faces and blood on their clothing.
"Today, I remember Boston and I will cry on my run like I did for so many miles last year. Tomorrow, I will not cry, for goodness is stronger than evil. And I will run," Melissa wrote on Tuesday.
We sat down recently and talked about what happened that day, about friends we made in Boston and the emotional recovery process. Melissa had made a friend at the start of the race, and then really worried about her at the end of race.
"I just had a panicked feeling, not knowing what happened to Donna," she said. "I didn't want to make a friend and then lose her the same day."
Melissa was able to reach her friend by phone and found out that she was okay.
We both feel very fortunate that we were not hurt, physically. We do have survivor's guilt, however.
More of our conversation can be watched in the videos at the upper left with this article.