The Old South Church bells in Boston sounded at 2:49 p.m. to commemorate a moment of silence throughout the city in honor of the survivors and victims of the bombing of the Boston Marathon.
It was an emotional moment in a day full of service projects and ceremonies to remember those impacted by the deadly bombings five years ago.
Boston began the anniversary of the attacks on Sunday with Mayor Marty Walsh and Governor Charlie Baker placing crowns in the morning at points in downtown Boylston Street where two bombs killed three spectators and mutilated more than 260 on 15 April 2013.
Both addressed families and survivors in a private ceremony within the Boston Public Library.
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"On April 15, 2013, our city changed forever, but in the last five years, we have recovered hope. and Boston has emerged with a new strength, a resilience rooted in love, "said Walsh.
Jane and Henry Richard, brothers of the younger victim Mart in Richard, and members of the family foundation, also spoke.
Henry Richard urged listeners to follow Martin's message to "choose kindness and do more". The foundation of the family was founded in 2014 to connect young people with volunteer opportunities and commitment to the community.
The uncle of the victim Lu Lingzi, Sherman Yee, was present at the ceremony and the private meeting. He said: "The family has been overwhelmed by the love and support of the whole world." He called Lingzi an "extraordinary girl" who represented young people coming to the United States from China to study.
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"While he did not realize his dreams, as his family we invested in young people through our foundation to keep his memory running," he said.
The bombs also killed 29-year-old Krystle Campbell of Arlington. The police officer of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sean Collier, was killed in the line of duty during a confrontation with the terrorist Tamerlan Tzarneav.
Roxanne Simmonds was in commemorative ceremonies to honor his son, the fallen Boston cop Dennis Simmonds. Simmonds suffered a head injury on April 19, 2013, during a gun battle with Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev when the police approached them.
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He suffered a fatal cerebral aneurysm a year later and it was determined to be the result of his explosive device injuries. Roxanne Simmonds said that "DJ" was "bright and bold, that he loved Boston."
Dennis Simmonds, the youngest graduate of his class at Lasell College, worked at Mattapan as an officer.
"It was important for him to be in a community with men and women who look like him," said his mother. "People of color work hard to make sure their communities are safe." He praised Walsh, saying it was obvious how significant the victims are to the mayor.
Arreen Andrew, from Boston, said he was among the crowd on the other side of the stage when the first bomb exploded in 2013.
"It was pure panic," he recalled. "Just this feeling of 'No, this can not happen to us & # 39;
Five years later, while the day is still a reminder of some painful memories, She said that it has also become a day on the relationships that have been formed since then and "reformed and recreated our entire community."
For some, this anniversary is about planting the seeds of change. Heather Abbott, 43, of Newport, Rhode Island, organized a fundraiser for her foundation that supports amputees. Abbott was outside Forum, a restaurant at the end of the finish line, when the impact of the second bomb sent her flying through the entrance to the building. Former New England Patriots lineman Matt Chatham and his wife Erin were at the restaurant and took Abbott to safety.
After three surgeries in four days, Abbott's left leg was amputated below the knee. His recovery was long, but in 2014, Abbott started his own foundation to help amputees with financial difficulties pay expensive prostheses and copays.
"I want to make some changes in the world of health insurance and help them understand why people need these devices," Abbott said.
Abbott says that the foundation has delivered up to now 19 prosthetic devices. "They can cost from $ 15,000 to as much as $ 100,000," he said.
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