Boston Remembers Anniversary Of Marathon Bombings

Boston is marking the anniversary of the attacks at the Boston Marathon with a series of events paying tribute to victims and first responders on Tuesday.

A ceremony at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Charles Krupa/Associated Press


At The Finish Line

Charles Krupa/Associated Press

A Moment Of Silence At The White House

President Obama observes a moment of silence to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing. Twitter: @WhiteHouse

Pausing to Remember

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President Joe Biden, and Governor Deval Patrick observe a moment of silence to honor the bombing victims. AP Photo/Charles Krupa

For last year’s participants, Tuesday’s ceremony was an afterword to their memories of the tragic event. Read more.

A moment of silence was held at 2:49 p.m. ET to honor the victims of the Boston bombing.

One year ago at 2:49 p.m., two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.

Church bells ringing a the finish line of the Boston Marathon to mark one year since the bombing

Tribute procession approaching the finish line on Boylston Street

“I’ve never witnessed a tribute like this one,” said Vice President Joe Biden. “You have survived and you have soared, you are truly inspiring… Even though I’m not a Boston fan, I love you guys.”

Vice President Joe Biden speaking at the Boston Marathon bombing memorial ceremony.

Watch the end of Biden’s powerful speech: “America will never, ever stand down… We own the finish line.”

“This day will always be hard, this place will always be strong.”

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino speaking at the Boston Marathon bombing memorial service. Twitter: @BostonGlobe

Photos: Then and Now

Courtesy of Bob Leonard and Elise Amendola/Associated Press

The Associated Press juxtaposed scenes from the marathon bombing and Boston, one year later. The healing of a city in pictures. See more.

Five Boston-Area Sports Teams Tweet “We’re All On The Same Team”

We're all on the same team. #BostonStrong

— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox)

Wreaths Placed On Explosion Sites

Massachusetts State Police and the Boston Fire Department stand guard over a commemorative wreath placed at the site of the second bombing on Boylston St.

The site of the second bomb on Boylston Street this morning.

— David Abel (@davabel)

Tpr. Kevin Shea & Tpr. Daniel Herman stand post by the laurel wreath in front of the Forum. #BostonStrong

— Mass State Police (@MassStatePolice)

.@MassStatePolice Tpr Fanning gives commands to the Honor Guards for the #wreath ceremony. #BostonStrong

— Dustin Fitch (@DustinGFitch)

President Obama’s Statement:

A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon. Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.

One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us – learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday – Patriot’s Day – hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

“Boston Strong”

Security personnel walk across the Boston Marathon finish line prior to a remembrance ceremony for family members and survivors of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, on Boylston Street in Boston. Elise Amendola/Associated Press

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