April 15 tribute will mark Boston Marathon bombing anniversary

A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2013.  Credit: Reuters
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. Credit: Reuters

The Boston Athletic Association on Thursday announced plans for an official tribute event to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, a terror attack that last year killed three people and injured more than 260 spectators near the Boylston Street finish line.

The event, hosted jointly by Mayor Martin Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick in coordination with One Fund Boston, will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 15.

“On April 15, we recall the courage, compassion and commitment of our great city and its people,” Walsh said in a statement. “Through this event, Boston again stands as one: paying tribute to all those affected by last year’s events, and once again showing the world that Boston’s spirit of resiliency lives on.”

The bombing, which was the first fatal terror attack in the nation since Sept. 11 in New York City, put the Boston community to the “ultimate test,” Patrick said.

“But we rose to the occasion: turning to each other, rather than against, and showing the world what a strong community looks like. Though we all had our lives affected in profoundly different ways, this tribute will show the world again that we stand as one.”

The event will honor those affected by last year’s events, including those who lost their lives, survivors and first responders. Featured at the event will be speakers representing victims’ families, medical staff who treated patients, responding government agencies and a host of civic leaders. The event will conclude with a flag-raising ceremony and brief moment of silence.

“We are humbled to participate in this tribute on behalf of the entire Marathon community,” said Tom Grilk, executive director of the Boston Athletic Association. “We continue to express our deepest gratitude to all those who courageously reacted to help save lives. And we remain committed to showing our support and encouragement for those that were injured or lost a loved one. What’s clear is that the bravery and tenacity exhibited in the moments following last year’s events are attributes that continue to define our community today. That’s what we seek to honor at this event.”

Because of space restrictions, access to the Hynes Convention Center will be by invitation only.

More details on the event, including a list of speakers and other program elements, and logistics for the public, have yet to be announced.


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