Target: Lelisa Desisa, Boston Marathon First-Place Winner
Goal: Commend marathon winner for donating medal to the city and people of Boston
The Boston Marathon has always been a huge holiday within the state of Massachusetts. During this event, families and friends gather to watch and cheer on the marathon runners. This year, however, two devastating bombs that killed three people and injured hundreds ruined the festivities. The city of Boston and the United States have since come back from that terrorist attack stronger. To help with the process, the winner of the Boston Marathon announced that he would donate his medal. Now, the city will have the first-place medal to help commemorate the people who were killed and injured. Thank the winner of the marathon, Lelisa Desisa for giving his medal to the city.
Desisa, who is from Ethiopia, crossed the finish line with the time of 2:10:22, before the explosions occurred. Despite winning at such a big event, he could not celebrate after the attacks happened. Due to the horrible events, Desisa told the U.S. Secretary of State, John F. Kerry, who was visiting Ethiopia on an African Union summit that he wanted to give his first-place medal to Boston. Desisa made this announcement at a small and short ceremony that took place at the U.S. Embassy.
At the event, Desisa spoke in his native tongue, Oromiffa. According to The Washington Post, he stated, via a translator, “Less than two hours after I crossed the finish line as this year’s champion, my joy turned to sorrow. This day brought pain to many families and sorrow to many homes. Sport should never be used as a battleground.”
Desisa also stated that he and his team plan on participating in the run next year. He wants “to show the world that our commitment to sport, our commitment to our freedom will be stronger than any act of violence.”
Desisa’s decision to donate his medal will mean a lot to the people within that community, as well as the global community that was affected by the attacks. His inspiring words and action prove to the world that terrorist attacks cannot bring people’s morale down. Commend Desisa for donating his medal.
Dear Lelisa Desisa,
I would like to thank you for donating your first-place medal from the Boston Marathon to the people of the city. Your medal represents so much of what the people endured when two terrorists decided to bomb this event. Thousands of people come out to either participate or celebrate this event, and this year’s attacks ruined the festivities. However, the Boston community and the global community have bounced back from the attacks stronger than before.
By donating your medal and stating that you and your team will come back for the Boston Marathon next year shows the world what a strong global community is in the face of terrorism. It is highly admirable that you want to give your medal to Boston and help the city recover from a horrendous crime.
[Your Name Here]
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