One Year Later After Boston Marathon Bombings

By Joe Gullo

Published 04/15 2014 01:34PM

Updated 04/15 2014 06:18PM

BOSTON - It's been one year since a pair of blasts exploded at the end of the iconic Boston Marathon.

Now, the city has begun to look forward, while honoring those who lost their lives and were injured last april.

 There's expected to be a mix of emotions on the on year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Vice President will be among those here for what's being called a tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, exactly one year later, it's all about honoring the victims, the survivors and the city of Boston.

It was a typical Boston Marathon, not that different from years past.

That is until 2:50 in the afternoon. On April 15th, a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line.  Three people were killed and more than 200 others were injured.

For survivors, the scars remain and the healing continues.

Right after the bombing, people from near and far placed sneakers and letters at a makeshift memorial.

It became a place that truly defined what it mean't to be "Boston Strong." Those very mementos now on display for the one year anniversary.

"Boston is here. We're strong. We're still here. Nothing is going to come between us. we're still here fighting, still running the marathon," Jennifer Fernandez, Boston Resident, said. 

Signs the city is moving forward, the Boston Marathon's start and finish line got a face lift just this week. The event is expected to bring thousands to the city, as a show of solidarity.

"They can't keep us down, these kind of events, these terrorist acts that keep happening," Sally Duval, Runner, said. "We need to rise above and prove that we're resilient and we're strong and that we can create something good out of something so awful."

A city determined to heal, move on, and run on.

"I'm thinking I'm glad I live in Boston. I'm glad the city came together the way it did and that love wins at the end of the day. Love wins every time," Jennipher Ray, Boston Resident, said. 

The tribute will be taking place Tuesday afternoon.

The 2014 Bostn Marathon will be happening on April 21.  The message around the marathon, is let's continue running.

Local Reaction:

New Hampshire Governor Maggie Hassan:
“The horrific bombings at last year’s Boston Marathon and the aftermath deeply affected all of us in New England. One year later, we remember those who lost their lives and send our thoughts and prayers to their families and loved ones. We are also inspired by the courage of those who were injured, as well as their determination to keep their lives moving forward. In the face of this senseless act of terror and cowardice, the people of New England demonstrated our collective resilience, standing together to overcome this tragedy. We remain united in our support for the victims and in our gratitude for, and pride in, the professionalism, skill, and dedication of the law enforcement community. Their work to protect the people of our region and bring the perpetrators to justice was outstanding."

Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter (NH-01):
“I join citizens of Boston and across New England and America in remembering the four individuals, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Officer Sean Collier, who lost their lives during the Boston Marathon Bombings and its aftermath. We remember the runners and spectators who were victims of a senseless act of violence. They have inspired us with their courage and determination. We are all indebted to survivor Jeff Bauman, whose incredible presence of mind in the moments surrounding the explosion gave police the clues they needed, and who has amazed us all with his grit and optimism. And we thank the first responders and volunteers, including Granite Staters, whose countless acts of selflessness defined the aftermath of the tragedy on April 15, 2013. The spirit of resolve and solidarity played an unforgettable role in helping our communities grow even stronger.” 

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo: 
“It is with heavy hearts that we remember the tragic bombing and aftermath in Boston one year ago that claimed four lives and injured hundreds more. The people of Boston showed true patriotism on that Patriot’s Day when thousands of first responders and citizens rushed to help the wounded and repair the damage. New York stands with our neighbors in Boston, and we continue to keep the families of the victims in our thoughts and prayers. Boston reminds us that with resilience and unity, we can overcome anything, and today we remember there is no evil that can triumph in a community that is Boston Strong.” 

President Barack Obama:
"A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover."

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