Boston Marathon memorial to be removed, brought to city archives

Visitors examine the trinkets left at the Boston Marathon memorial in Copley Square. Photo: MORGAN ROUSSEAU/METRO
Visitors examine the trinkets left at the Boston Marathon memorial in Copley Square. Photo: MORGAN ROUSSEAU/METRO

City officials and volunteers on Tuesday plan to disassembled a massive, citizen-built memorial on Boylston Street that pays tribute to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

“It is my hope that the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future,” Menino wrote in a letter, dated June 17.

Volunteers from the mayor’s office, city archives, and the New England Museum Association will assist in breaking down the memorial, which should take a few hours.

There are plans, however, for a more permanent memorial. In his letter, Menino announced the creation of a Remembrance Committee to oversee the creation of an official memorial.

The memorial, which includes flowers, notes, stuffed animals and other remembrances, will be moved to the city archives in West Roxbury for cleaning, fumigation, and safe guarding.

Other fragile keepsakes, like those made of paper, were removed from the memorial in May.

The makeshift memorial was buzzing with Boston-area residents and tourists Sunday.

Eleven-year-old Luna Kisiel was moved by the amassment of items, particularly the runner’s numbers which were sporadically placed among the trinkets.

“It’s good that people can come and see this, and understand how big (the terror attack) was,” she said.

Mariella Casellas, 17, and her father Jose came from Puerto Rico, and wouldn’t have dreamed to bypass the tribute.

“It’s a way of showing respect for what happened,” said Jose.

“I think it’s wonderful that a few months after it happened people are still remembering the victims and their families,” said Mariella. “I was surprised by the running shoes – I’m assuming they’re the runners who left those there. I think that’s the heroic gesture.”

As for its removal, Mariella said she’s sad Copley Square will part with the memorial.

“It’s cool that you’re walking down the street and you see this. it’s easier for people to see it outside but at the same time it can’t stay here forever.”

Read Menino’s letter below:

“The items at Copley Square will be removed on Tuesday, June 25, for cleaning and archiving at the City of Boston Archives. Many other items, letters and tokens have already been removed to prevent further deterioration. This tremendous outpouring of support can be viewed at the Archives, located at 201 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury.

Moving forward, a Remembrance Committee will be formed to oversee the creation of a permanent memorial or other means of honoring survivors and victims. Survivors and family members have been notified of these plans and welcomed to serve on the Committee should they wish.

It is our hope that the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future.”

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