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  •  Please, please before you write a diary, check (0+ / 0-)

    your facts.

    1. Bill Richard did NOT run in the Marathon.  He took his family to see it.

    2.  April 15 is NOT Patriots Day in Massachusetts.  April 19 celebrates the uprising against the British invaders in Lexington, Massachusetts on that day after Paul Revere's ride.

    3.  The Marathon is held on the 3rd Monday of April, which just happened to be April 15.  The Marathon used to be run on April 19, but was changed many years ago to make it a long weekend in Metropolitan Boston.

    If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

    by incognita on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 09:00:24 AM PDT

    •  Please, please before you correct somebody (1+ / 0-)
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      Make sure that your correction is itself correct.

      Yes, the battles of Lexington and Concord were on April 19.  But the holiday is celebrated in Massachusetts on the 3rd Monday in April, the same day that the marathon is run and the same day the Red Sox play a morning game.  At least, that's how it's been since 1969.

      •  April 19th is the holiday. (0+ / 0-)

        I notice you did not try to correct me about the Richard family.

        If you don't stand for something, you will fall for anything - unknown

        by incognita on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 11:32:39 AM PDT

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        •  Well... (1+ / 0-)
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          Since 1969, the holiday has been observed on the third Monday in April, providing a three-day long weekend, as well as being the first day of public school vacation week in Maine and Massachusetts. Previously, it had been designated as April 19 in observance of the anniversary of the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the first battles of the American Revolutionary War. ~ Wikipedia
          And as for whether or not the father ran in the marathon or just went to observe it, the sentiment remains exactly the same.

          There is no issue with pointing out an error in someone's writing (several news agencies made the same error) but there is something called tact and human decency that you should really look into aquiring.

          The author of the diary was making a heart felt point that the error did not really change.  Bill Richard will be questioning his decision to attend this event for the rest of his life because through no fault of his own, a monster took his son's life and his daughter's leg and his wife's health.  It destroyed his family.  Whether he ran or not was not the point.

          "Perhaps the sentiments contained in the following pages, are not YET sufficiently fashionable to procure them general favour..."

          by Buckeye Nut Schell on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 05:11:57 PM PDT

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        •  You are so smart, you get to correct someone. (0+ / 0-)

          You got to correct someone who is expressing grief.  Do you feel better now?

          I was taught to respect grief and allow people to express it in a way that works for them.  The diarist went to college in that area and is very familiar to the neighborhoods there.

          You may or may not have all the facts straight but you barely have a heart.  Congratulations on that.

          Adagio4639, please accept my apologies for being outspoken in your very touching dairy.  I am from the Boston area, the south shore, but now live many thousands of miles away.  Friends have asked if I knew anyone who was hurt.  I say I knew none of them but I knew all of them.  Anyone could have been there.  It could have been my brothers, sister, cousins, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, parents, friends, work associates, absolutely anyone and, like you said, it could have been fenway park, it could have been anywhere.

          Thank you for your writing.

          Being against gun control makes it really, really, hard to believe you are a prolife family values kind of person..

          by fromma on Wed Apr 17, 2013 at 10:18:44 PM PDT

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