Boston is marking the fifth anniversary of the deadly Boston Marathon bombings with solemn remembrances and charitable acts.
One Boston Day is a time to honor the strength and generosity of those who helped lift the city up after tragedy struck on April 15, 2013, and to remember the lives lost on that day.
Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh and Republican Gov. Charlie Baker laid wreaths early Sunday at the spots along downtown Boylston Street where two bombs killed three spectators and maimed more than 260 others on April 15, 2013.
Honoring the victims, survivors
Walsh and Baker addressed families and survivors at a private ceremony inside the Boston Public Library. They were joined by Martin Richard's brother Henry and One Fund Center director Barbara Thorp.
Walsh: "On April 15, 2013, our city changed forever. But over the last five years, we've reclaimed hope."— Boston 25 News (@boston25) April 15, 2018
Walsh opened things up by recalling the events from 2013, and said the city has since "reclaimed hope." He ended by saying "Boston has a light that can never be put out."
Baker added on to Walsh's message, focusing on the heroes who came out of that day in 2013.
Baker: "There are heroes everywhere. Without the heroes, that day could've been so much worse."— Boston 25 News (@boston25) April 15, 2018
Martin Richard's brother Henry was introduced to the crowd by Walsh after Baker spoke, and remembered his brother's life.
With powerful words, Henry Richard spoke of his brother's passion for sportsmanship and fairness, before thanking the runners being sponsored by the family's foundation, the Martin Richard Foundation....