Tribute planned to honor Boston Marathon victims, survivors

BOSTON (WPRI/WWLP) – Security is tight in Boston and spirits are high, as the one-year mark since the bombs went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon approaches.

City officials are planning to honor the three victims who were killed and over 250 who were injured near the finish line on April 15, 2013.

Runners in this year’s Boston Marathon will take their marks next Monday, April 21st, but a ceremony will be held on Tuesday of this week to remember the victims of last year’s bombings.

That ceremony will begin Tuesday at Noon at Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. It will include a procession down Boylston Street, followed by a moment of silence. At exactly 2:49 p.m., the moment the first bomb exploded last year, every church in the city of Boston will ring its bells.

The tribute will feature Vice President Joe Biden and a host of state leaders. During the event, officials will honor those who lost lives, the survivors, and first responders.

Gov. Deval Patrick has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until sunset on Tuesday, in honor of the individuals who lost their lives and were injured during the Boston Marathon Bombings of April 15, 2013.

This gubernatorial order applies to the main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, other state-owned or state-controlled buildings, and all state military installations.

22News will begin our special coverage of this years’ Boston Marathon starting Tuesday, where we will bring you the stories of those who survived last year’s attack, the heroes who helped save lives, and those who will be running the marathon for the very first time.

We’ll have live reports from Boston leading up to Boston Marathon on April 21st. 22News I-Team reporter and anchor Laura Hutchinson will also be participating in the marathon.

Also, 22News reporter Yoojin Cho will be live starting at 5:00 p.m. in Boston Tuesday for the one year anniversary.

Stay with 22News on-air and on for the Full Coverage of this event.

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