Updated Thu, Apr 18, 2013 9:30 am
Ohio University alumni in the Boston area are going forward with plans to celebrate "OUr Day", a nationwide campaign aimed at recognizing Ohio University alumni, friends and family.
The celebrations come just days after twin explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon killed three people and injured 170.
But like the city of Boston, alum David Abram said they "will perservere".
As president for the Massachusetts Chapter Serving New England of the Ohio University Alumni Association, Abram said remembering the founding year of OU on the 18th of April holds special meaning, and he is especially thankful for all the support he’s received from fellow Bobcats during this tumultuous time.
“On behalf of over 2,000 OU alumni residing in New England, and in particular the 1,000 Bobcat graduates who live in the Boston Metro area, I would like to personally thank university leadership, fellow alumni and friends for their continued support and concern surrounding the events on Patriot’s Day at the Boston Marathon,” he said. “Similar to Independence Day for the nation, Patriot’s Day and the Boston Marathon are regionally iconic events that are remembrances of patriot’s sacrifices and an exhibition of the human will to overcome adversity with stamina and endurance.”
Like most OU alumni in Boston, Abram is not a native of the area, but he still speaks of the city as if it is his own.
“We are natives of the Midwest who have had the great fortune to experience daily what the nation has now seen through witnessing these unfortunate events,” he said. “For all the misconceptions of Bostonians being a gruff and unfriendly lot, particularly to transplants to the region, with the unfolding of the day’s events you have seen for yourselves the same level of courage, perseverance, sacrifice and philanthropy that we have the good fortune to experience on a daily basis.”
Other alumni chapters around the nation will be gathering for the third annual celebration of "OUr Day". For more information click here.