Boston Remembers, One Year Later
In the days and weeks that followed the tragedy, it was not so much the pursuit of the suspects that that made the Boston bombings stay on the forefront to the nation’s collective consciousness — although the unprecedented manhunt that resulted in the death of Tamerlan Tsarnaev and the capture of his brother Dzhokhar, who has pleaded not guilty to 30 charges, was undoubtedly gripping. Rather, it was the great strength with which the city handled the tragedy that drew the attention of the world. In a statement released Tuesday by the White House, President Barack Obama succinctly captured that truth. “We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety,” he said. “Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love.”
Several events scattered across the day were organized as a tribute to both those who lost their lives or were injured in the explosions.