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In Copley Square, a symbol of grief dismantled

Volunteers take down Marathon memorial, preserving parts

They filled box after box, bag after bag: Sodden shoes, Marathon medals and bibs, Mylar blankets, rosary beads, police patches, holy water, photographs of the dead.

They wore gloves and worked in the half light of dawn, untying shoelaces and bits of string.

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