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Message from the Mayor

Since it's founding, Boston has served as a beacon of hope and strength for the rest of the world. On One Boston Day, we show the world that Boston's flame burns as bright as ever.

Mayor Marty Walsh announced One Boston Day

April 15th is One Boston Day. It’s a tradition we started 6 years ago to commemorate the tragic events surrounding the 2013 Boston Marathon. As a community, we turned our grief into a powerful movement founded in peace, kindness, reflection, and hope. Every year since then, we have celebrated One Boston Day through solemn reflection--- and with acts of kindness, big and small. This holiday has come to represent our city’s spirit, our values, and most of all, our resilience.

This year, One Boston Day will look a lot different. Our City is battling a major public health crisis. The coronavirus pandemic is testing our city’s strength and resilience once again. Right now, Bostonians are rising to the occasion.

Our health care workers, first responders, sanitation workers, grocery store staff, public employees, and many other essential workers are showing us once again what heroes look like. And so many people are doing their part to slow the spread of the virus, and give support and love to everyone who is battling this terrible illness. We’re also mourning those who have passed away, and holding their families in our hearts.

We won’t be able to host in-person memorials or volunteer projects for One Boston Day this year. But in many ways, the positive impact that people can make this year is bigger than ever. The spirit behind One Boston Day is more important than ever. New data has shown that the next few weeks are critical in slowing the spread of the virus. This is a One Boston moment.

We’re calling on the people of Boston to do everything they can to protect their fellow Bostonians through physical distancing. This is how we support the most vulnerable among us, like the elderly, and people with health conditions. It’s also the best way to show our gratitude to everyone who is protecting others and keeping our city running during this difficult time.

So this year, for One Boston Day, we’re asking you to stand together by staying apart. Stay home whenever you can, and wear face coverings if you must go out. While you practice social distancing, we’re also encouraging you to take time for personal reflection, and for spreading kindness.

I will be proclaiming April 15, 2020, a Citywide day of reflection, prayer, and unity.

We will be sharing opportunities to connect online with Boston’s interfaith community, with secular organizations, and with our local arts community--- so that everyone has a chance to slow down, reflect, and share some meaningful time with their fellow Bostonians.

We are also calling on everyone to spread goodwill through acts of kindness you can safely do from home. We will be sharing lots of ideas for things you can do over the next couple days. We also ask you to share your reflections on the meaning of One Boston Day on social media with the hashtag “OneBostonDay.”

Help us make this One Boston Day the most powerful one yet. Help show what our city stands for. And help us get through this difficult time, together, as one Boston, united forever.