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Marathon memorial: Boston’s memory bank

On Monday afternoon, the last day before the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street was set to be dismantled, local hero Carlos Arredondo was still being thanked for his actions after the bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. Against the backdrop of baseball caps, running shoes, and stuffed animals, people shook Arredondo’s hand and asked to take photos with the man who vaulted a barricade to help stanch a victim’s bleeding.

On Tuesday, all the mementos were moved to the city archives in West Roxbury for processing and preservation. In a letter to bombing survivors and victims’ families, Mayor Menino said he hoped “the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future.”

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