Today marks the one year anniversary of the devastating Boston Marathon terror blasts. To celebrate the lives of those lost on that fateful day one year ago, families and friends joined together on Boylston Street--the specific site where the bombs went off--for a ceremony earlier today.
The family and friends of the three people who lost their lives, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lingzi Lu gathered together in a quiet ceremony along with the Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. During the ceremony Cardinal Sean O'Malley read a prayer and a bagpiper played "Amazing Grace" as an honor guard stood at attention.
Not only did the city of Boston celebrate the lost lives, but President Obama made his own statement on this one-year anniversary. Obama commented earlier this morning, “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.’’
A public ceremony started in the Hynes Convention Center in Boston today at noon. The memorial ceremony is featuring speeches by survivors and dignitaries, such as the mayor, governor and Vice President Joe Biden. The ceremony will remain indoors until 2:49pm. At 2:49 pm--the exact moment the blasts hit Boylston Street--the ceremony will move outdoors for a moment of silence.