Wreath-laying ceremony to honor victims of Marathon bombing will not be held this year
For the first time since the attacks at the Boston Marathon in 2013, the city will not hold a commemorative, wreath-laying ceremony on Boylston Street this year, officials said.
The reason is that Monday’s race falls on the anniversary of the bombings, April 15. That’s when the city has held the annual remembrance, in which relatives of the victims lay wreaths at the sites of the bombings near the Marathon finish line.
The city will host a private breakfast for survivors and relatives of the victims on Monday morning, said Audrey Coulter, a spokeswoman for the city.
Officials at the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the Marathon, said they plan to commemorate the attack at 2:49 p.m. on Monday, the same time as the bombs detonated six years ago. Announcers at the finish line will say a few words about the attack before calling for “a moment of reflection and remembrance,” they said.
Afterward, the bells by the nearby Old South Church will ring.
Another tradition since the bombings will continue: One Boston Day. City officials are encouraging residents to take part in a service project over the weekend and on Monday.
“We are encouraging folks to commit random acts of kindness,” said Patrick Brophy, the city’s chief of operations.
He’s leading a team that is helping make improvements at the Veronica B. Smith Senior Center in Brighton and the William E. Carter School in the South End.
The Martin Richard Foundation, named after the youngest victim of the attack, will be holding a collection drive over the next few days. It’s collecting comfort items for young children who are put in foster care abruptly. The foundation is seeking items such as stuffed animals, night lights, and ear buds.
“It’s about choosing kindness and taking action,” said Terri Ladka, executive director of the foundation. “Our collection drive gives people the opportunity to do something good.”
For other opportunities to take part in One Boston Day, visit onebostonday.org.