Residents and visitors reflect on the tragic event, but also speak on optimism and recovery with the city.
BOSTON (WHDH/WCVB/CNN) – The people that crowd the streets for the Boston Marathon will “embrace roles as motivators and emotional catalysts” one year after terror struck the event.
“For our guardian angels, let them hear us roar,” said bombing survivor Patrick Downes. “Let’s show them they live on in our bonds of family, friendship and community, and in the infectious spirit that we will feel on the third Monday in April for years to come.
“I am so proud to be a Bostonian because I am so proud to be connected to all of you.”
Tuesday marked one year since a pair of blasts exploded at the finish line of the 117th Boston Marathon. The city’s residents, including many who lived through the ordeal and families of those who died, took part in a remembrance of the victims and heroes.
Along with survivors, former Mayor Thomas Menino, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Vice President Joe Biden also attended.
“It’s an honor to be able to thank and embrace the first responders who carried some of you to safety,” Menino said. “[It] eased the pain just a little more to shake the hands of the doctors and the nurses who stopped the bleeding, closed your wounds, who mended your legs, who saved your lives so you are here with us.”
Biden said, like the survivors of 9/11, the bombing survivors had become “the face of America’s resolve.”
“I have traveled over 900,000 miles, just being vice president, around the world,” he said. “People know all about you. They know who you are. They know your pride. They know your courage. They know your resolve.”
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