BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP)- After last year’s bombing, one western Massachusetts lawmaker came up with a way for political leaders to honor the victims. 22 News found out how you can get involved.
The concept is a “Boston Strong” license plate, and soon you will be able to benefit the One Fund and show your support for the community.
After last year’s marathon bombings, two words seem to perfectly describe the city’s resilience and triumph – “Boston Strong.” The phrase has taken on a life of its own. It’s all over social media, printed across t-shirts and soon, you will soon be seeing it on the back of cars.
Senator Gale Candaras told 22News how the idea started. “Representative Puppolo initiated the bill to have a Boston Strong license plate so we were happy to pick up the ball and run with it when it got to the Senate.”
Springfield State Representative Angelo Puppolo filed the “Boston Strong” license plate legislation in hopes of helping victims of the marathon bombing. He said, “We wanted to send a message across the entire Commonwealth that certainly western Mass., as well as the entire state stands together and I think this license plate does a tremendous job doing that.”
The license plate will cost $50-dollars and all the proceeds after issuing fees are taken out will go directly to the One Fund to help bombing victims. The bill received full support from the Massachusetts House and Senate, and was passed by the Governor just three days before the 2014 Boston Marathon.
Governor Patrick told 22News he’s excited about the plates. “I am proud to have just signed the bill creating the Boston Strong license plate. The celebration of Boston Strong, which I believe, is an incredible statement of community.”
State House leaders said the license plate is a way for the people of Massachusetts to honor the victims of last year’s bombing and donate to the One Fund.