One Boston Day Marks Second Anniversary of Bombings

Hannah Sparks  Boston.com

Wednesday marks the two-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, but it is also the first-ever One Boston Day, “a celebration of the resiliency, generosity, and strength of the people that make Boston the great city it is,” according to One Boston Day’s website.

The family of Martin Richard, 8, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombs. photo John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

The family of Martin Richard, 8, the youngest victim of the Boston Marathon bombs. photo John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe

Bostonians are encouraged to perform random acts of kindness throughout the day, especially toward firefighters, police officers, and other first responders who helped save lives on that day, and who have been so instrumental in the city’s recovery.

The city will also observe a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the time of the first explosion two years ago. The moment of silence will be followed by the ringing of church bells.

In a statement released Wednesday morning, Governor Charlie Baker said:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families, who seek to make sense of that awful day two years ago. In many respects, those most affected by the events of two years ago have shown us all the way back – with their courage, grace and determination. They honor the past, remember and treasure loved ones lost and injured, and look forward to a better future. We should strive to do the same.”

For a photo montage of the day, please click here.

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