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Tony Lee: Solemn Tributes Mark Anniversary Of Boston Marathon Bombing

An emotional year of recovery from the Boston Marathon bombings culminated with a stirring tribute on Tuesday to the victims, survivors and all those who helped the city overcome the tragic events of April 15, 2013. With the families of the four victims of the bombings and their aftermath sitting in the front row of the event hall at Hynes Convention Center, there were speeches from survivors, dignitaries and elected officials, as well as musical interludes led by the Boston Pops Esplanade and the Boston Children’s Chorus. Later, a ceremony in Copley Square included a moment of silence, a flag-raising at the marathon’s finish line and the toll of church bells at 2:50 p.m., the moment the bombs went off exactly one year ago. The theme was set by the first speaker, Rev. Liz Walker of Roxbury Presbyterian Church, who began by uttering the words, “There is a rising.” The reference, of course, was to the community’s remarkable rise from the ashes, as well as each of the victim’s personal journeys from pain and sadness to triumph and resolve. “There is no way to walk to Boylston Street without being reminded of the evil spilling of precious blood, the hateful strike on a world treasure,” Walker continued. “But we are also reminded of the amazing capacity of the human spirit to rise in heroism, compassion and sacrifice. “An ascension of the human spirit, left to its own devices, its divine design, it will rise, despite anything, despite everything.”


(The Richard family with Mayor Marty Walsh)

Walker was the first to reference the victims by name. She touched on the remarkable qualities of Lingzi Lu, Krystle Campbell, Sean Collier and 8-year-old Martin Richard, qualities their loved ones retain in their memories. “Although the memories still bring tears to our eyes, our heart aches for those who were lost, it still is a comfort to be here with family and friends who got us through that tragic day,” Menino said. “I want you to hear this solemn promise,” he began. “When the lights are dim, know that our support and love for you will never waver. Whatever you have to do to recover and carry on, know that the people of Boston and I are right there by your side.” Others who were injured graced the stage at the convention center, providing some of the more poignant words of the two-hour event.


First up was Patrick Downes, who — along with his wife — lost their left legs in the attack. Downes discussed the “humbling” degree of love that he and fellow survivors have received over the year. He would not wish the trials of recovery on anyone, but sees merit in the triumphs. “We do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt over this last year,” Downes said. He also took comfort in knowing, even if only in spirit, the four “guardian angels” that were lost a year ago. “We will carry them in our hearts. To their families, know that you will never be alone. We remember those who died as pieces of us. The intellectual charm of Lingzi. Sean’s commitment to justice. Krystle’s infectious smile. And the childhood charm of Martin. We will choose to think of them not in association with hate, but forever connected to our commitment to peace. “Peace. That will be their lasting message to us.”

As rain fell and wind blew through the Back Bay, hundreds left the convention center and strolled under umbrellas toward the finish line to help reclaim that territory. With law enforcement officials lining Boylston Street and the stands in front of the Boston Public Library packed, relatives of victims emerged — followed by Menino, Biden, Walsh, Patrick and Grilk — and took a spot in front of the finish line. There, they stood at attention in the rain to take in a rendition of “God Bless America” by noted tenor Ronan Tynan. Then came a moment of silence and bells tolled from the Old South Church, steps from the finish line. An American flag was pulled skyward as the crowd sang the national anthem. MBTA transit police officer Richard Donohue Jr. helped raise the flag high above what Menino labeled as “hallowed ground.” Indeed, a year removed from the unthinkable, there was a rising.

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129 Responses to “Boston Strong”

  1. 4 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    ❤ Boston ❤ Strong ❤

  2. 5 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Gold for LL.

  3. 7 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Congrats LL on #1 🙂

  4. 8 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:24 pm

    These photos are heart-wrenching, yet comforting. Thanks NW for bringing the Boston memorial events to TOD!

  5. 10 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    A beautifully orchestrated Boston ❤ Strong Tribute NW.
    Thank you. Bruce's Song sent for the tears streaming down mt cheeks.

  6. April 15, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    A lovely post Nerdy, thanks endlessly!

  7. 14 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 15, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Wonderful post, NW! Thank you for capturing the spirit of today’s tributes.

  8. 16 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Well, really? Okay then.

  9. 18 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  10. 20 GGail
    April 15, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    NW, I am not able to watch, listen or participate in any of today’s Boston events, but just looking and reading this wonderful posts has made me feel the emotion of today – thank you so much!

  11. 22 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    Meanwhile, certain other attorneys (and I’m not calling names) were busy defending White Supremacists.

    • 23 Nena20409
      April 15, 2014 at 6:05 pm

      It is what one does (as in the photo) when the spot light isn’t on one that counts the most Not what one does enriching oneself while claiming to be looking out for Us. With a hefty price tag of $250M.

      Stolen unclassified documents is not Patriotic. Reporting on those stolen documents while one was heavily involved in obtaining the stolen classified documents is IMHO treasonous.

      • 24 jackiegrumbacher
        April 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm

        Stealing,deliberate misinterpreting, purposely creating unwarranted distrust in your government because you don’t happen to like the current president–yes I’d say it was all pretty damned treasonous, Nena.

    • 25 pkayden
      April 15, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Nice photo.

  12. 26 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    They’re lurking on TOD! Tthey must’ve seen NW’s post, and decided to tweet out this pic. 🙂 🙂

  13. 28 andogriff
    April 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Great post, NW! Thanks so much!

  14. April 15, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    What a day. Finally back to check in. Hey y’all.

  15. 31 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 6:16 pm

  16. April 15, 2014 at 6:18 pm

  17. 33 carolyn
    April 15, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    NW, thank you so much for this beautiful and touching Boston Strong Tribute. I didn’t get to see these activities on TV today, either, but this post took care of that for me. Showed so beautifully the care, compassion, love extended to the victims and the determination to redeem the day. This to me shows what America is.
    Boston is my family’s home, and my college town. The love for Boston and all it stands for never leaves one.

  18. April 15, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    So, one of our other libraries called to see if we had a book on the shelf. A patron was there insisting that she had returned it. The book? Coulter’s “Never Trust a Liberal Over Three”. I gleefully informed the librarian on the phone that, no, we didn’t have it on the shelf, and the patron was responsible for it. Tee. Hee.

  19. 37 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 6:30 pm

  20. 38 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    Willard and sons still haven’t quite gotten over that tax return issue…Josh Romney posts a pic of Willard supposedly standing in line somewhere to file a return… – as if that’s any evidence of anything…

    • 39 MightyPamela
      April 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      No clicks from me. We know Myth does not stand in line, nor does he pay taxes, nor ‘collect a paycheck’.

    • 40 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      Come on now – do Americans have to line up to file tax returns? Couldn’t this be more easily done on line? Don’t tell me Mitt if planning to run for president AGAIN, and is queuing up his photo-ops profile from now! 🙄

      • 41 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2014 at 6:45 pm

        Thankfully, folks aren’t buying what they’re selling…

      • 42 jackiegrumbacher
        April 15, 2014 at 9:29 pm

        VC, there is no way this is true because there is no way Mitt prepares his own tax returns. He’s a multi- millionaire with complex holdings who almost certainly has a full staff of accountants prepare his taxes and send them electronically He may be standing in line at the post office to get stamps, but he’s not mailing taxes.

        • 43 vcprezofan2
          April 15, 2014 at 9:41 pm

          I know THAT, JG! I find the arrogance of the Romneys unbelievable and insulting – they regularly assume that the general public is stupid. I am willing to admit however that they probably do so because so many in their voter base ARE stupid.

          • 44 0388jojothecat
            April 15, 2014 at 10:19 pm

            If anything he’s buying stamps but why when he can send a flunky….I doubt if Willard is filing and paying his return today. I am sure his accountants have filed an extension because they have to get creative in writing off his campaign losses…hahahahahaha!

            • 45 vcprezofan2
              April 15, 2014 at 10:22 pm

              Williard, with photographer Josh, was simply looking for a photo-op, although I don’t see the point unless he’s contemplating another political run.

    • 46 99ts
      April 15, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      hahahahaha – he’d fire his accountants if he EVER had to stand in line for such an event. So the kids grew up to be liars – great parenting

    • 47 pkayden
      April 15, 2014 at 7:53 pm

      Actually unfair tax breaks for the ultra rich 1%, which hurts the middle class, are how Romneybot and his whining heirs get their paycheck. They need to be reminded of this everyday. Cannot stand them.

  21. 48 cookemom
    April 15, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Done and on its way!!! The IRS will be happy to know that though I procrastinated and waited until the last possible moment, cookemom has fulfilled her civic duty. I’m just watching out for the postal worker to make the final 6pm pick-up from the mailbox that sits directly across the street.

    Twenty minutes to spare, not bad for the champion put-er off-er ever.

    • 49 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2014 at 6:44 pm

      That must feel absolutely wonderful – to get it done with time to spare 🙂

    • 50 vcprezofan2
      April 15, 2014 at 6:57 pm

      What actually happens if it’s late? I used to be a last minute filer, biting nails, sweating, then running to post before deadline, until I discovered here it didn’t really matter if you were getting money back. If not, you only had to pay whatever interests were incurred from deadline to when you did file. Of course, that was the last time mine got filed on time! 😀

    • 51 Alycee (@jazziz2)
      April 15, 2014 at 6:59 pm

      Congrats! I did part of my civic duty; filed and extension form and sent a check for a little over what I think my liability will be. While I dislike giving them an interest free loan; I’d HATE having to pay a penalty…

  22. 53 dotster3
    April 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

    The events in Boston today made me think—again—-that most Americans are good, caring people. I often think it is a shame that we get a distorted view—-on the ‘internets’ and from the media—- due to the attention paid the most loud, the most crazy, the most outrageous among us. Most people are just going about their business, living decent lives, being kind to their neighbors, doing good deeds, caring about each other, are there to support and aid when things go wrong.

  23. 54 MightyPamela
    April 15, 2014 at 6:51 pm

    No clicks, no comment for this undeserving eff’er.

  24. April 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Lovely tribute, NW. Thank you!

  25. 57 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    The good Obamacare news just keeps pouring in!

  26. April 15, 2014 at 6:52 pm

  27. 63 MightyPamela
    April 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Whoa. No idea how this comment made it to this spot! Guess I’ll go fix lunch now….

  28. 64 Alycee (@jazziz2)
    April 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Damn, I just couldn’t resist; them make it too easy!

  29. 67 hopefruit2
    April 15, 2014 at 6:54 pm

  30. 68 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    People aren’t buying the BS.

    • 69 hopefruit2
      April 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm

      LMAO! I don’t know who gave this this marvelous idea…I see lots of material for the comedians and Twitter spoof fans…

  31. 70 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 7:07 pm


    • April 15, 2014 at 8:17 pm

      I certainly did not get his meaning of “It’s how you get your paycheck.” Meaning standing in line? Or meaning paying your taxes is how you get your paycheck? Or does he mean you have to stand in line to get your paycheck? If he means the later can you imagine any of the Romney’s standing in line getting a paycheck?

      • 72 vcprezofan2
        April 15, 2014 at 8:30 pm

        I thought he meant that’s how Senator Reid gets paid, OG.

      • 73 hopefruit2
        April 15, 2014 at 8:50 pm

        He means that Reid’s salary is funded by people’s taxes, including his dad’s. But Harry Reid probably pays MORE taxes that Willard in reality…

    • April 15, 2014 at 8:37 pm

      Talk about clueless.

      His father is “unemployed” and pays ridiculously low taxes on “investments.” If (Thank God, voters had more sense!) #NoTermMitt and GrannyStarver (what was Pierce’s term) Ryan were in the WH, there would be more starving Americans so that billionaires could continue to think up ways to profit off the federal government and Mother Nature.

      I think an R-money presidency would have been far worse than we can imagine.

      He’s got at least 2 sons (Josh and Tagg) who would put Dick Cheney’s cronyism to shame.

      They would wheel and deal for themselves while we would hear crickets from the MSM.

      So glad that Simon Malloy has blown the cover off of Cilizza.

      I know that MSM is irrelevant in TODville (except to poke fun at or to call on the carpet), but I’m wondering if average Americans are beginning to see that the Koch/MSM is pulling the wool over their eyes?

    • 75 anniebella
      April 15, 2014 at 8:54 pm

      How sad, Mitt and Ann aren’t the only one who haven’t gotten over the fact that they lost the election. It’s sad in a way. Well they have enough money to get Josh some help.

  32. April 15, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    And, these folk are preparing to deal with them ….

  33. 77 Nerdy Wonka
    April 15, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    LOL. Nailed it.

  34. 79 desertflower
    April 15, 2014 at 7:34 pm


    Walmart Gets $7.8 Billion ‘Bill’ for Its Taxpayer-Funded Breaks, Subsidies
    New report reveals how tax system ‘provides special treatment to America’s biggest corporations and richest families leaving individual taxpayers and small businesses to pick up the tab.’

    Walmart and the Walton family are the recipients of “special treatment” thanks to a tax system that allows them to rake in $7.8 billion a year from tax breaks and taxpayer subsidies, a new report reveals.

    A Black Friday protest outside a Chicago Walmart in 2013. (Photo: Bob Simpson/cc/flickr)
    Armed with this news, a group of Walmart workers and taxpayers delivered a $7.8 billion tax bill — an amount that could be used to fund over 105,000 new public school teachers — to the Phoenix-area home of Walmart Chairman Rob Walton.

    “Even though Walmart is making $16 billion in profits, the Waltons seem to think the American people should be providing them another $8 billion in tax breaks,” Anthony Goytia, who’s worked at Walmart for two years, said in a statement. “When the richest family in America isn’t paying its fair share, it’s no wonder that our children’s schools, our roads and basic public programs are getting cut left and right.”

    We don’t have a debt/deficit problem in America! We have a TAX FAIRNESS and SPECIAL PRIVILEGE FOR CORPORATIONS PROBLEM!!

  35. April 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Ok, it’s one thing to procrastinate filing your taxes. It’s another thing to wait UNTIL TODAY to even call to see if we still have tax forms. And then to act incredulous when I say, No, we’re out of the state forms.

  36. April 15, 2014 at 7:41 pm

  37. 87 dotster3
    April 15, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Vice is arguably the best program on the teevee, imho. They cover important subjects no one else does, go where no one else dares.

  38. 88 Jewelz
    April 15, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Hello TOD!! Question for Californians or anyone that can provide answers–what is the latest on the debate over California High Speed Rail? Last I heard, a California judge prevented the project from proceeding because of insufficient funds and resistance from farmers opposed to selling off their farmlands to the government. It’s been forecasted that the project will cost at least 50 billion dollars as opposed to the 16 billion federal funding allocated. I hope the issue is resolved soon so construction can begin on this. United States is probably the only advanced nation without a functioning 21st century rail system. We are so far behind Europe and some parts of Asia in this particular area is not even funny. I love high speed rail and I hope California can lead the way on this, and hopefully the rest of the country will follow suit.

  39. April 15, 2014 at 8:07 pm


  40. April 15, 2014 at 8:09 pm

  41. April 15, 2014 at 8:16 pm

    Urge all of you to read the full report. Here’s one segment:

    “The anti-terrorist operation (ATO). The whole day was spent in anticipation of beginning it.

    The Russian media have even begun to get properly hysterical, reminiscent of the mad Cassandra: “I see Troy in flames!” [Greek mythology]. It was as if Sloviansk had already disappeared under mountains of civilian corpses, shot by the Banderite army.

    In fact, the whole day was spent in preparations for the ATO events. Active steps were carried out in a highly confined way – and with success. In particular, the airfield in Kramatorsk was liberated. Whereas in Sloviansk, separatists who tried to attack the military airfield were driven away like a pack of stray dogs.

    However, the lack of action throughout the entirety of Donbas should not elicit pessimism. A balanced and thorough preparation is underway. We should remember that the leaders of the operation were appointed only very recently.”


  42. 97 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    O. kay. I’m all caught up with posts….for today. You can bring on the next one now, Ms Chips, Ms Wonka, or Mr. Lib_L. 🙂

  43. 103 JER
    April 15, 2014 at 8:24 pm

  44. April 15, 2014 at 8:27 pm

  45. 105 JER
    April 15, 2014 at 8:38 pm

    President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden will visit the Community College of Allegheny County West Hills Center Wednesday to spotlight what they call “jobs-driven skills training.”

  46. 106 Nena20409
    April 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    Standing and waiting to mail something and claiming as Joshua Romney did that Willard Mitterrand Romney was mailing his taxes was and is Lame. Pathetic. Desperate.

    No photos of the lying bishop’s actual taxes? After all, in 2012, Politifact termed at least 39 Pants On Fire awards attributed to the bishop. So please, a twit picture showing the back of a dark hair Romney is NOT evidence. Reagan said Trust, but verified. Until the Bishop shows Us what he mailed in Technicolor, No Can’t Do. Please proceed, Joshua Romney. Put up Willard or don’t you ever have your sonny boy tweet daddy’s back to America.

    We said Good Bye and Good Riddance on Nov 6th, 2012. Please Leave We The People Alone.

  47. 107 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2014 at 8:56 pm

  48. April 15, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Be prepared to melt ….

    • 109 jackiegrumbacher
      April 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Really touching letters, Bob, Kids with the same aspirations everywhere, wanting to be safe and grow up to fulfill their dreams. And there’s Putin instilling fear and wanting to crush it all with impunity because he thinks it’s “owed” to him to seize whatever he wants.

  49. 110 vcprezofan2
    April 15, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Women to women – a true exchange

  50. April 15, 2014 at 9:02 pm

  51. April 15, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    We already know it’s more than one ….

  52. April 15, 2014 at 9:14 pm

  53. April 15, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Tzar Vlad gets another F in his propaganda efforts. As various UN Ambassadors stated directly to Churkin during the UN Security Council meeting – ‘ever heard of the Internet, dude’ ….

    “Ministry of Defence of Ukraine

    Today, on the 15th of April, the Russian news agencies “Interfax” and “Echo of Moscow” stated that cadets from Lviv Ground Forces Academy named after Hetman Sahaidachny were armed and “sent to a civil war in the Eastern part of the country”.

    This fake news was supported by a picture which shows young people wearing military uniforms of a type that has no relation not only to the armed forces, but to any other military units of Ukraine, while, suspiciously, looks very similar to a Russian army’s uniform:


    According to the head of Lviv Ground Forces Academy, Lieutenant-General Pavel Tkachuk, this information is completely false and can be viewed as yet another failed attempt of Russian special services to destabilize the situation in Ukraine and to split the Ukrainian society.”

  54. 119 amk for obama
    April 15, 2014 at 9:28 pm

    • 120 carolyn
      April 15, 2014 at 9:44 pm

      Those Romneys are all just plain rude!

      • 121 anniebella
        April 15, 2014 at 10:08 pm

        If I’m not mistaken the question was what tax rate were Mitt Romney paying, was it lower then a secretary or bus driver? The fact that Mitt Romney refuse to release 8-10 years of tax returns like everyone else did shows he had something to hide. Little Josh seem to have forgotten that.

    • 122 0388jojothecat
      April 15, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      What a phony photo op….who in their right mind would believe a multi-millionaire would be standing in line at the post office to mail his income or state taxes when he hires a high powered tax/law firm to do this 200 page tax return. I have a CPA do my taxes and I file electronically and I just make a middle class living with basically mortgage,property taxes and home office deductions. Is Willard so damn cheap he wants the IRS to wait a few days before they get paid?

      • 123 Lynn
        April 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

        Hello, JoJo! So good to see you.

        • 124 0388jojothecat
          April 15, 2014 at 10:34 pm

          Hello my friend….so nice to see you too. Hope all is well with you. In the mornings when I lurk on TOD from my cell phone I see that you posted and hoped that one day I would catch you while I am on here in the afternoon or evening. It’s only 7:42PM here on the west coast, where are you?

  55. 125 dotster3
    April 15, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Very interesting—-if they can pull this off—–if WE can pull this off, it may be the most significant money ever spent…….

  56. April 15, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    Thank you Nerdy for Boston coverage. Late to news today but as usual, I miss nothing with TOD extensive coverage.

  57. April 15, 2014 at 9:56 pm

  58. 129 globalcitizenlinda
    April 16, 2014 at 6:42 am


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