April 21, 2014 marked the running of the Boston Marathon, an event that sets Boston apart from many other cities and a point of pride for many Bostonians. After the tragic events of last year, Bostonians were ready to stand united and show their Boston pride. As a way to pay tribute to the members of the families whose lives were affected by the marathon bombings in 2013, some Bostonians created a campaign called “Prayer Canvas: America 4 Boston”. The project gives people from all over the country a chance to pay tribute and respect to those people.
The premise of the project is to give people from around the world a chance to show their support through the difficult moments. Participants in the campaign create one large canvas from small squares that are used for messages, drawings or symbols. By joining several smaller canvases to make one large canvas, participants can show the world that even in the toughest of times, Bostonians can join and support one another.
Throughout 2013 and into 2014, the canvas traveled throughout the United States for people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities, to pay their respects to the victims of the 2013 bombings, and show support of one another. The canvasses were sent to schools, colleges, companies, and many other organizations.
On the anniversary of the 2013 bombings, the canvas was displayed throughout the Boston Common – right by ELC!!! – for people to view and contribute to, as well. Our fabulous teacher Janet took her American Culture class to view the canvasses and they were able to contribute to the project!
The students who participated were given T-shirts and bracelets! The person in charge of the program was so excited to see such strong support from people from all over the world!
For more information about the project, visit http://www.prayercanvasusa.com/