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Walsh's inauguration prompts immigrants and education as crucial to Boston

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Martin J. Walsh’s inauguration as the 48th Mayor of Boston to be sworn in took place in Chestnut Hill at the Boston College Conte forum. Walsh is a BC alumnus, which explains the choice of location. The packed audience witnessed the ceremony as Walsh’s mother (Mary Walsh) and longtime girlfriend (Lorrie Higgins) stood by his side.

Walsh’s moving speech reasserted what kept Boston strong, bringing forth crucial values that made the city what it is today: immigrants and education. Reminiscing of Irish immigrants, their efforts to subsist and secure a proper education for their children, Walsh managed to diffuse an intense sense of pride among his listeners and to highlight the importance of multiculturalism and progress in what constitutes the city of Boston.

The equally poignant "God Bless America" performed by Irish Tenor, Ronan Tynan, stroke the right note by echoing the newly elected mayor's words through music.

Underlining how essential living in a safe environment is for all members of society, Mr Walsh, former labor leader, insisted on inclusiveness as the cement of a tight community.

Source: The New York Times