One year ago yesterday, two bombs exploded at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon and Boston was changed forever. The bombs injured more than 270 spectators and killed 3 people. MIT Officer Sean Collier was allegedly killed by the suspects just days after the explosions. Boston was placed under lock down as the nation watched our proud city stand up in the face of terror.
One Year After Boston Marathon Bombing
On April 15th, a tributary ceremony was held at the Hynes Convention Center, which celebrated the lives of the fallen, the law enforcement officers who helped locate and detain the suspects, the hundreds of medical professionals and civilians who were there for the victims during the initial, unforgettably frightening moments and throughout their recoveries. With more than 3,000 people in attendance, including survivors of the twin blasts, speakers from around the nation and Massachusetts spoke of the tragedy and triumphs of the victims and the city. Oftentimes, the speakers cited the grace, fragility and adversity the city of Boston showed during the worst attack the city had ever experienced.
The tribute also included a flag raising ceremony at the finish line and a moment of silence at 2:48 p.m. to mark the moment the first blast went off, followed by the singing of the national anthem. Later during the day, a candle light vigil was held in Dorchester as the crowd prayed for the victims and their families.
We are Boston Strong
The 118th Boston Marathon kicks off on the 3rd Monday in April as always, April 21, 2014 as Boston comes together in remembrance of an event that showed Americans how human yet strong and united we really are. One year later, Boston remains strong, Boston Strong.