BOSTON (WHDH) – As this year’s Boston Marathon approaches, a new tradition will begin in the city. From now on, April 15th will be forever known as “One Boston Day.”
Mayor Marty Walsh said it’s an opportunity to recognize good in the community and to honor the resiliency the city displayed following the 2013 bombings.
On that day, Mayor Walsh will raise banners to honor the victims and survivors of the attack. Past Boston Marathon champions, Meb Keflezighi and Bill Rodgers were on hand to unveil the street banners for this year’s Marathon, which will be held on April 20th.
“The Marathon has long been a time when Boston shines. One Boston Day will reflect and lift up what the Marathon has come to mean in our city since 2013. And at this year’s Marathon on April 20th, we will celebrate our city’s strength and our renewed meaning. And today, we know that truly, there’s only one Boston,” said Mayor Walsh.
He went on to add that April 15th should be a day of compassion and generosity and hopes people will use it as an opportunity to volunteer at a community event or perform a random act of kindness.
Three people were killed and more than 260 others injured when the two bombs exploded at the finish line of the Marathon in 2013. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is currently on trial for his role in the attacks.