Boston marks one-year anniversary of marathon attack
Boston residents are pausing today to mark one year since bombs exploded at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Those blasts killed three people and injured more than 260.
People in Boston will gather to remember the dead, celebrate the living, and to thank those who helped the city heal.
As the city prepares for next week's marathon, it pauses to remember what happened last year, when two bomb blasts exploded near the finish line, changing lives, this city and its people, forever.
"I think it is going to be a hard day for them - obviously a year anniversary. But I think it's an important step in the healing process and also the healing process for the city," said Mayor Martin Walsh (D-Boston).
It's been a year filled with sorrow and also with hope. Some survivors spent weeks in the hospital, adjusting to new realities and getting used to amputations, scars, and prosthetics.
Now they are facing the reality that the day on the calendar is here again when their lives so drastically changed.
"It feels like a month has gone by because everything has been so quick and I've been doing so much. You're kind of fighting yourself to move forward," said Jeff Baumann, bombing survivor.
As the tributes and memorials take place, Bostonians will honor Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, and Lu Lingzi, who died while simply watching the marathon. They'll also remember MIT Police Officer Sean Collier, shot and killed as the bombing suspects tried to flee the city.
See letters sent to Boston Medical Center after the bombings. (This is where the most seriously injured victims were treated. The BMC received over 5,000 letters, crafts, banners and other items of support in the wake of the attacks.)
Regardless of what happened a year ago, this city is resolute to carry on as it always has.
9,000 more runners than last year will take to the streets next week, with many running to honor the victims and others still to show that fear will not win out.
"Boston is a resilient town. We bounced back from that. It's always going to be in our hearts and minds. Boston strong lives on," said one woman.
Vice President Joe Biden will join state and local leaders here later today for a tribute program to honor victims, their families, and first responders. There will be a moment of silence at the marathon finish line at the exact time the bombs went off one year ago.