Tribute planned for Boston Marathon bomb victims

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 10:28 am •  Published: February 13, 2014
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BOSTON (AP) — A tribute to victims, survivors and first responders will be held on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings that killed three people and injured more than 260, race organizers announced Thursday.

The April 15 tribute at the Hynes Convention Center will be hosted jointly by Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Gov. Deval Patrick in coordination with One Fund Boston, the charity set up to help victims, the Boston Athletic Association said.

"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 event will feature speakers representing families of those affected by the bombings, medical staff who treated patients, responding government agencies and civic leaders. It will conclude with a flag-raising ceremony and brief moment of silence.

"As a community, we were put to the ultimate test by the events at last year's Boston Marathon," 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."