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PHOTOS: One Boston Day, Marking Marathon Bombings Anniversary

A woman walks around one of the two granite pillars of the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial as she reads the inscription memorializing Krystle Campbell, one of the three victims killed. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A woman walks around one of the two granite pillars of the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial as she reads the inscription memorializing Krystle Campbell, one of the three victims killed. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Thursday marked the eighth anniversary of the bombings at the Boston Marathon finish line.

April 15 is now recognized as One Boston Day to honor the victims, survivors and first responders who rushed to the scene that afternoon.

There were no public events to mark the anniversary because of the pandemic, but there was a moment of silence at City Hall at 2:39 p.m., the moment the first bomb exploded in 2013.

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Joselyn Perez, her mother Sara Valverde Perez and Laurie Scher, embrace with her brother Yoelin Perez and her aunt Susana Hunter during the moment of silence at the site of the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street to mark the eighth anniversary of the bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Marathon bombing survivors Joselyn Perez, her mother Sara Valverde Perez and Laurie Scher, embrace with her brother Yoelin Perez and her aunt Susana Hunter during the moment of silence at the site of the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street to mark the eighth anniversary of the bombing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Gov. Charlie Baker joined Acting Mayor Kim Janey at the Boylston Street memorial to the victims for a wreath-laying ceremony.

Janey said this is a day for random acts of kindness, while keeping the pandemic in mind.

"This year, [on] One Boston Day, we are asking you to stand together by staying apart," Janey said. "Make this your day of reflection and service."

Gov. Charlie Baker and acting Mayor Kim Janey place a wreath at the site of the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial. (Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Gov. Charlie Baker and acting Mayor Kim Janey place a wreath at the site of the Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial. (Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Baker watches as Janey exchanges elbow bumps with Thomas Grilk, president of the B.A.A. (Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Baker watches as Janey exchanges elbow bumps with Thomas Grilk, president of the B.A.A. (Nancy Lane/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)

Martin Richard, Lingzi Lu and Krystle Campbell were killed when two bombs exploded near the marathon finish line. More than 260 others were hurt, several of them losing limbs, in the two blasts just seconds apart.

Tom Grilk, the president and CEO of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race every year, also reflected on the day.

"It's a day when innocent people lost their lives, were horribly injured, were frightened, were effected in so many ways that they should not have had to deal with," Grilk said.

(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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