At Faneuil Hall, tourists huddled silently in a doorway as the rain splashed down on the cobblestones. At Meetinghouse Hill in Dorchester, grade schoolers shivered in the wind, eyes raised to the tower where church bells rang. At Boston University, where Boston Marathon bombing victim Lingzi Lu had studied, the bustle of a busy student center fell to a hush.
At 2:49 p.m. Tuesday, exactly one year after two bombs exploded near the Marathon finish line on Boylston Street, the city observed the occasion with a moment of silence, remembering the lives lost and irrevocably changed that April day.
As church bells tolled, some people stopped in place and lowered their head in prayer. Across from the State House, Steve Rogan looked out over Boston Common.
“I came here to hear as much as I could,” the 36-year-old Bridgewater resident said, “to be at the heart of Boston.”
Earlier in the day, Rogan had walked down Boylston Street to the finish line. On the anniversary of the bombings, it was good to take time to remember, he said.
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