April 15, 2018 06:16 PM
On this date five years ago two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Sunday the city paused to remember the victims of the bombings as it prepares for this year's race.
Five years after bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, families of victims laid wreaths at the site of the blasts.
The bombings claimed three lives and forever changed many more.
Mayor Marty Walsh of Boston said, "these years have been full and filled with hard work, and the hard work of healing."
At 2:49 p.m. the moment the first bomb exploded the city observed a moment of silence and the bell rang at the old South Church.
Security at the marathon was heightened after the bombings, police say they are ready for Monday's race.
Commissioner William Evans of the Boston Police Department explained, "we don't want to get complacent after what happened five years ago and that's something we continually stress."
On the eve of the 2018 marathon the mayor believes the tragedy has united the city.
"We have reclaimed the finish line and Boston has emerged with a new strength, a resilience rooted in love," said Mayor Walsh.
Five years after the bombings Boston is strong.
Updated: April 15, 2018 06:16 PM
Created: April 15, 2018 05:43 PM
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