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Boston: My City in Mourning

BostonMy heart is heavy given the horrific events that occurred during the Boston Marathon on Monday. I grew up just a few minutes outside of Boston and have spent my entire CPA career working in our great city. I also have attended the Boston Marathon many times, both as a spectator cheering for my daughter and as a participant. The spirit and character of Boston, and the patriotic pride of its residents, go back to the earliest days of our country. To see the streets of Boston, particularly those of which I have so many fond celebratory memories, attacked in such a way and during such a joyous moment of civic unity saddens me deeply. My heart goes out to the victims and their families as they try to find calm after this senseless act.

What helps us get through these difficult times, as many on social media, in the news and on late night television have pointed out, is how we humans rise to tragic occasions and assist one another. I’m proud of Boston, its diligent and caring emergency workers, race volunteers on the street and citizens of generous spirit who have played a role in aiding those in need. I also have a heightened feeling of solidarity with New Yorkers. I am in New York this week and wore my Boston Police Department t-shirt when I went for my exercise walk in Central Park early yesterday morning. A lot of people in the park expressed kind words of support to me. New Yorkers know all too well the senseless pain and suffering resulting from these horrific events.

I know that my fellow CPAs are among those mourning on behalf of Boston. Keep Boston and those affected by this tragedy in your hearts and minds as we—all over the U.S.—rise above and move forward.

Richard J. Caturano, CPA, CGMA, Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Institute of CPAs.

Boston skyline image via Shutterstock

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