Avon to hold memorial for Boston Marathon bombings


By Shane Rogers

On Friday, there will be a memorial walk in Avon in a display of support to the city of Boston and the families affected by the bombings that took place on April 15.

Taking place at Avon Middle School from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., residents from Avon and the surrounding communities will be able to come together to listen to local speakers who were at the race and participate in a 2.7-mile walk around the track to represent the 27 miles in the marathon and light luminaries. All the funds being raised will go directly to Boston through the recently established nonprofit, Avon Cares.

Organizers Mike Cooper and Collin Henderson have been moving 100 miles per hour to get memorial going and are excited by the positive reaction from the community.

“I don’t know what to expect, I don’t know if it’s going to 1000, 2000, 500, 300,” said Mike Cooper about the potential turnout at the event. “I just know the response has been off the chart.”

With the pledged support from community institutions, such as the school district, fire and police departments and city council, the memorial is promising to be a success and shows that we are, first and foremost, one country rather than individual cities.

“As big of a world as it is, it’s even smaller,” said Collin Henderson, who also teaches Sociology at Avon High School.

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