This is what jubilation looks like.
The scene in Watertown and the Boston area last night looked a little bit like the celebration on college campuses and across the nation after news broke that Osama bin Laden had been killed. The young and old gathered in public spaces, draped in American flags, singing the national anthem, feeling a sense of common accomplishment, relishing in a public exhale. After a day of lockdown, the source of their collective fear was lifted.
The Boston Globe was there and recorded reactions.
“They’re proud of the city being so resilient, they’re proud of the police and the FBI doing a damn good job catching a suspect as they should, and I just think it’s a good place to be.”
“This kind of spontaneous outburst of pride in the city and unity, it’s just unprecedented,”
“Unforgettable. It’s amazing to be out here and just feeling the same way as everyone else does,” she said. “I don’t know, I’m just so happy.”
And here’s what the photographers saw: