As the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings approaches, groups in the Boston area are planning events to remember victims, talk about the fallout, and raise money for survivors.
On Saturday morning, people in a crowd assembled at the finish line threw their arms up and cheered as Gregory Heisler stood on a lift, 15 feet in the air, and took a photo for the cover of Sports Illustrated, which will be on the stands Wednesday. Magazine staff estimated that about 3,000 people were there.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh was on hand, along with Police Commissioner William Evans, first responders, volunteers, and area residents who were not near the finish line when two bombs exploded last year, killing three people and injuring more than 260.
“Once I got here and saw the sheer number of people — it literally was something you can’t describe,” said Brad Smith, director of photography for Sports Illustrated. “I almost started crying. It was tremendous.”
Carlos Arredondo, who ran to help the injured moments after the explosions, was there in his cowboy hat, smiling for pictures with friends and admirers.
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