Area first responders and emergency service personnel will hold a city-wide parade to welcome the 2013 Boston Red Sox World Series Trophy into the County and express their support for ‘Boston Strong,’ a nationwide motto coined to honor the city after the Boston Marathon bombings in April 2013. The event, followed by a public viewing at the Aroostook Centre Mall, is part of the 2014 IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships official schedule, and will wrap up an exciting day of competition at the Nordic Heritage Sports Center.
On Wednesday, March 5, a first responder’s parade is scheduled in downtown Presque Isle. The parade, which will usher into the city the Red Sox Trophy, will begin at The University of Maine at Presque Isle at 6:30 p.m., travel north on Main Street, and end at The Aroostook Centre Mall around 7:00 p.m.
Area first responders from throughout Aroostook County are invited to join in the parade to show solidarity and support for their brothers and sisters in Boston and across the country who risk their lives in the line of duty. In addition to honoring responders that arrived after the bombing and provided aid to injured competitors and spectators, the parade also honors those responders who were present to provide assistance to runners during the marathon, and, thrust into the midst of a terrorist attack, immediately stepped up to provide aid to the injured.
“The very successful 2013 season for the Boston Red Sox was something that helped the city and all who were shocked and saddened by what happened during the Boston Marathon last spring, heal and rally. For many, the winning of the World Series by the Red Sox was a sign the city was recovering from the tragic event,” said Jason Parent of the press and promotion team for the 2014 IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships. “The true heroes of the day at the Marathon tragedy were indeed the first responders. As an organizing committee, we thought it most appropriate that we pay tribute to those brave men and women – and the brave men and women that serve as our first responders locally, by letting them have the honor of escorting the World Series Trophy into The County. It is a great way to honor our own true heroes who put their lives on the line every day, and an opportunity for those heroes to demonstrate their brotherhood and sisterhood with others who do the same across the country.”
After the parade, the Boston Red Sox 2013 World Series Trophy Reception, including a public viewing, will take place at The Aroostook Centre Mall inside the area by the JC Penney store. The reception is planned in conjunction with a medal ceremony for the 2014 IBU Youth/Junior Biathlon World Championships. Earlier that day, the world’s top junior male and female athletes in the sport of biathlon will compete in the individual competition at the Nordic Heritage Sport Center.
According to Ben Zimmer of the Boston Globe, ‘Boston Strong’ is “shorthand for defiance, solidarity, and caring… It represents a united front in the face of threat.” The ‘Boston Strong’ idea gained even more momentum after Boston’s own Red Sox baseball team defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2013 World Series.
Red Sox Ambassadors Oscar Figueroa and John McDermott are accompanying the Commissioner’s Trophy, the emblematic award presented to the Red Sox team after their 2013 World Series win.
Any public safety officials are invited to bring their vehicles and join the procession starting at the University of Maine at Presque Isle at 6:30 p.m. on March 5th. Public safety officials are asked to have their vehicles on-site by 6:00 p.m. for line-up.