8 Year Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

Families of Victims remember the tragedy of April 15th

People place flowers at a memorial in Boston for the bombing. Photo courtesy of newyorker.com.

On April 15, 2013, some Americans' lives would be changed forever. The marathon was implanted with cooker bombs at the end of the race. Now eight years later, we are still mourning over this tragedy. The Boston Marathon is marked the world's oldest annual marathon, and April 15th, 2013 marked the 117th running, which started on April 19 of 1897. People from all over the world go to Boston for the marathon. The marathon took place in a town called Hopkinton, which is about 35 miles west of Boston. It was inspired by the first Olympic marathon competition in the 1896 summer olympics. The race every year starts on Main Street of Hopkinton and ends on Boylston Street. The first wave who started off were women at 9:32 a.m. and male runners followed at 10:00 a.m. Two more groups of people came after at 10:20 a.m. and then 10:40 a.m. Three spectators died, and more than 260 people were wounded.

Bombs were planted close to the finish line of the Boston Marathon at about 2:50 pm, and they were 50-100 yards apart. They exploded between 8 to 12 seconds apart. Dzhokhar and Tamerlan were both behind the bombings.

Many people are still considering honoring the victims. Runners are still trying to tribute these people but will have to wait until after Covid. However, in the past many individuals have left flowers together to mourn over the losses. Boston University even built a memorial on the site of the second blast. For the past five years, the families of the victims who were killed in the attacks have met with city officials. It is composed of two stones that are fused together. Pablo Edaurdo, the artist said each piece of stone comes from somewhere meaningful to the victims, and are from a place significant to them. He had previously created sculptures for the city. The completion took four years and cost $2 million dollars. At the center of the bombing site markers are made of granite, in multiple different pillars. These signify the lives that were lost; each piece of granite came from a place that was important to the victims. Throughout the base on the first two pillars is an engraving that says “Let us climb, now, the road to hope.” On the third one, “All we have lost is brightly lost,” is engraved. There are bronze bricks at the site for the police officers at the attacks; MIT police officer Sean Collier, and Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds. Simmonds unfortunately passed away a year after a medical emergency during the shootout in Watertown, Massachusetts. This was after sustaining injuries from the individuals responsible for the Boston Marathon Bombing. On the bricks are a bronzed version of their badges. The artist Eduardo said he wants viewers of the memorial to remember what forever changed this part of Boylston Street years back.

-Story by Megan Carey '23