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It’s been a very somber day here in Boston.  The sky was unrelievedly grey, rain pelted down almost unceasingly, and church bells throughout the city tolled at 2:49 p.m., for the two bombs that went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon exactly a year ago, killing three people and maiming 260 people, some of whom lost limbs, and many of whom will live with life-long injuries and continuing trauma. A police officer was later killed by the two terrorists, whose names I hope never again to have to hear.

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President Joe Biden and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick lower their heads for a moment of silence during a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Former Boston Mayor Tom Menino, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, Vice President Joe Biden and Mass. Gov. Deval Patrick (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Here are several posts I wrote last year, right after it happened:

The Boston Marathon Massacre:  Why would anyone do this?

Boston on Lockdown

The Boston Marathon Bombing:  Bucket brigade of flowers

Here are some photographs I took last year of the memorial:

The Boston Marathon memorial.  Copyright Virginia A Smith

The Boston Marathon memorial. Copyright Virginia A Smith.

Running shoes at the Boston Marathon memorial.  Copyright Virginia A Smith

Items at the Boston Marathon memorial. Copyright Virginia A Smith.

Copyright Virginia A Smith

Copyright Virginia A Smith.

Running shoes on the barricade.  Copyright Virginia A Smith

Running shoes on the barricade. Copyright Virginia A Smith

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