Friday, 19 April 2013

'Cowards' billboard expresses Boston union's anger at marathon bombings

'Cowards' billboard expresses Boston union's anger at marathon bombings, A bright electronic billboard displays the simple phrase "Cowards" less than 10 miles away from the site of the Boston Marathon bombings on Monday, April 15. According to an April 18 Yahoo News report, the billboard belongs to the Local 103 chapter of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) union.

The message is simple and obvious, but so incredibly powerful in its simplicity. Along with "Cowards," the billboard, which is located the I-93 expressway, also rotates every 10 seconds with the phrase "Pray for Boston." That seems to sum up not only the feelings of the IBEW, but also Boston, the entire United States, and much of the world.

Union business manager Michael P. Monahan said,

"It was Local 103's way of shouting out our feelings of anger: Cowards. No other word or words came to my mind when I heard of the tragic event downtown Boston on Patriot's Day when a family from our neighborhood was effected so tragically."

What else can be said of the men who set off bombs destroying an incredible day and event killing two women and a child while injuring some 170 others? There is nothing else to say other than “Cowards.”

Before Monday's horrific bombings, the electronic billboard was used for union messages or community messages. However, now the Local 103 plans to devote the billboard to bombing survivors, but they are deciding what other messages to include, so for now, it rotates between the "Cowards" and "Pray for Boston."

The Local 103 has 7,500 members, and none of them were injured or involved in the Boston Marathon bombings. However, their representative said that they have other connections to the event.

One thing is certain, their billboard reading "Cowards" sums it up succinctly. The anger is so great, and there is no good way to get rid of it. Expressing it this way may be helpful.

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