BOSTON The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth held a special ceremony Saturday to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
University officials, students and others planted a peace tree during the opening ceremony of a Cross Country Invitational to honor not only those killed and injured in the April 15 explosions at the marathon’s finish line, but also the police, firefighters and other first responders who rushed to the scene.
Three people were killed and more than 260 injured, including many who lost legs.
The surviving marathon bombing suspect was a student at UMass Dartmouth.
“I am so proud of our students, who have demonstrated an uncommon character since the Boston Marathon tragedy and the events that followed,” UMass Dartmouth Chancellor Divina Grossman said at the ceremony.
“To all the competitors here today … I ask that you run in memory of those harmed on April 15 and in celebration of our unyielding determination to keep moving forward, despite any obstacle,” she added.