Boston Marathon bombings remembered

22:27, Apr 15 2014
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Explosions strike the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion.
Medical responders run an injured man past the finish line the 2013 Boston Marathon following an explosion.
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off.
A woman is comforted by a man near a triage tent set up for the Boston Marathon after explosions went off.
Police evacuate the scene after the explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police evacuate the scene after the explosions hit near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Racers and race officials look for loved ones after multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Racers and race officials look for loved ones after multiple explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon.
Still image taken from video courtesy of NBC shows an explosion at the Boston Marathon.
A Massachusetts state trooper stands guard at the scene after explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
A Massachusetts state trooper stands guard at the scene after explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
Barack Obama Boston Marathon briefings
US President Barack Obama is briefed on the Boston Marathon bombings.
Boston marathon blast
An injured man stands at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Boston bombings
Injured people are attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon explosions.
Boston marathon blast
A victim is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Boston marathon blast
Blood can be seen on the footpaths as men in bomb-disposal suits investigate the site of the Boston Marathon explosions.
A man cuddles an injured woman following the terror attack this morning.
A man cuddles an injured woman following the terror attack this morning.
Barack Obama addresses nation on Boston bombings
US President Barack Obama addresses America on the deadly Boston Marathon bombing.
Boston Marathon bombings
An injured woman is attended to at the scene of the Boston Marathon terrorist attack.
Boston marathon bombings: Suspect detained
A handcuffed suspect is surrounded by police officers about a mile from the Boston Marathon finish line. Police are holding a person in custody in relation to the attacks.
Boston Marathon bombings
Police and runners react following deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon bombings
Police and runners react to deadly explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Boston Marathon bombings
Bystanders tend to an injured man following the Boston Marathon bombings.
An injured child is carried away from the blasts.
An injured child is carried away from the blasts.
ANGUISH: A bomb blast victim is taken to hospital.
ANGUISH: A bomb blast victim is taken to hospital.
Boston Marathon bomb
A child is comforted after explosions went off at the 117th Boston Marathon.
Police officers and bomb-detecting dogs investigate after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Police officers and bomb-detecting dogs investigate after explosions near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Boston marathon bomb
Members of the Boston Marathon medical team embrace after treating victims of explosions.
Martin Richard
Martin Richard, 8, was waiting at the finish line when he was killed by the bombings.
Krystle Campbell
Krystle Campbell, 29, who was killed in the Boston Marathon bombings.
Boston
Investigators survey the site of a bomb blast on Boylston St, Boston, a day after two explosions hit the Boston Marathon.
Barack Obama
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama at an interfaith memorial service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston.
Red Sox cap
A Boston Red Sox cap sits at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Running shoe
A running shoe hangs on a fence at a makeshift memorial for Boston Marathon bombing victims.
Police on bikes
Boston Police officers on bikes patrol outside the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, where President Barack Obama was set to attend an interfaith memorial service.
Boston Marathon volunteers
Boston Marathon volunteers embrace as they wait for a memorial service to start at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.

Survivors, first responders and family members of those killed in the Boston Marathon bombing have marked the anniversary with tributes that combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over Boston's resilience in the face of a terror attack. 

''This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong,'' former Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2500 people at the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line where three people died and more than 260 others were injured a year ago. 

Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the ceremony, said the courage shown by survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other Americans dealing with loss and tragedy. 

Boston marathon
Roses hang on a lamp post near the site of the second bomb blast on the one year anniversary of the bombing.

''You have become the face of America's resolve,'' he said. 

Biden also praised the 36,000 runners who plan to run the marathon next week, saying they will send a message to terrorists. 

''America will never, ever, ever stand down,'' he said, to loud applause. He added, ''We own the finish line.'' 

Advertisement

In Washington, President Barack Obama was observing the anniversary with a private moment of silence at the White House. 

''Today, we recognise the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy,'' Obama said in a statement. ''And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perseverance, freedom and love.'' 

Obama said this year's race, scheduled for next Monday, will ''show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again".

Authorities say two brothers - ethnic Chechens who lived in the former Soviet republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia - planned and orchestrated the twin bombings near the marathon finish line on April 15, 2013. 

Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police several days after the bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to 30 federal charges and is awaiting a trial in which he faces a possible death sentence. Prosecutors say the brothers also killed MIT police Officer Sean Collier several days after the bombings in an attempt to steal his gun. 

Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled confession condemning US actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat he was found hiding in following the police shootout. 

At the tribute, several survivors of the bombing alluded to their injuries, but focused mainly on the strength they've drawn from fellow survivors, first responders, doctors, nurses and strangers who have offered them support. 

''We should never have met this way, be we are so grateful for each other,'' said Patrick Downes, a newlywed who was injured along with his wife. Each lost a left leg below the knee in the bombings. 

Downes described Boston Strong, the slogan coined after the attack, as a movement that symbolises the city's determination to recover. He called the people who died ''our guardian angels.'' 

''We will carry them in our hearts,'' he said. 

Downes said the city on Monday will ''show the world what Boston represents''. 

He added, ''For our guardian angels, let them hear us roar''. 

Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a ballroom dancer who lost her left leg below the knee and has recently returned to performing on a prosthetic leg, said she's learned over the last year that no milestone is too small to celebrate, including walking into a non-handicapped bathroom stall for the first time and ''doing a happy dance''. 

Governor Deval Patrick spoke of how the attack has drawn people closer. 

''There are no strangers here,'' he repeated throughout his speech. 

Carlos Arredondo, the cowboy hat-wearing spectator who was hailed as a hero for helping the wounded after the bombings, said he came to the tribute ceremony to support survivors and their families. 

''You can see how the whole community gathered together to support them and remember,'' Arredondo said. 

After the tributes, many of those in attendance walked in the rain to the finish line for a moment of silence that coincided with the time when the bombs went off. Bells rang and a flag was raised by MBTA police Officer Richard Donohue, who was badly injured during a shootout with the bombing suspects. 

Earlier in the day, a wreath-laying ceremony drew the families of the three people killed - Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi - as well as Collier's relatives. 

AP