Glimpses of Boston As It Gears Up For First Anniversary Of Marathon Bombings

It’s hardly believable, but April 15th marks a whole year to the Boston Marathon Bombings – an event that changed so many lives forever.

Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston is set to mark one year since the deadly Boston Marathon bombings with a series of events over the next few days including exhibitions, concerts, charity events, and memorial services.

The explosions injured approximately 260 people and claimed 3 lives.

"As a community, we were put to the ultimate test by the events at last year's Boston Marathon," recalls Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, "but we rose to the occasion, turning to each other rather than against and showing the world what a strong community looks like. Though we all had our lives affected in profoundly different ways, this tribute will show the world again that we stand as one."

Not many have forgotten the terrible day and remember it like yesterday.

One year ago I was on a bus heading to the start of the @bostonmarathon. My heart goes out to all involved in the attack. #BostonStrong #fb

The 118th Boston Marathon is scheduled for April 21st and the organizers at the Boston Athletic Association are expecting around 36,000 runners. That is 9,000 more than usual. One of the reasons for the rise in numbers is the 5,633 runners who were unable to finish the 2013 marathon because of the bombings. They have been guaranteed entry again and many are running as fundraising efforts for the victims.

One week until I watch my friends run on marathon Monday! #BostonStrong #oneweek

Boston Marathon Bombings

The picture above shows visitors looking at artifacts at an ongoing public exhibition. It has objects and mementos left at the makeshift memorials that emerged in the aftermath of the bombings. Notes and posters from memorials are also being shared with the public.

Boston Marathon Bombings

Boston Marathon Bombings

Remembering: Faces Of Boston Marathon (Photos)

Boston Marathon Bombings

The photo above shows the tattooed arm of photographer Chris Padgett, who recently completed a portrait project called Bled For Boston. He had tattoos done to remember the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon terror attacks.

On first anniversary, survivors of #Boston Marathon bombing send clear message to terrorists: you will never win.

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