• Biden, Boston Marathon bombing survivors to speak at tribute


    BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombings will be held at the Hynes Convention Center Tuesday.

    State and federal officials will join first responders and survivors at the ceremony.

    Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, and former Mayor Tom Menino are expected to speak at the event. Other speakers include the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association and Marathon bombing survivors.

    The event will be followed by a flag raising ceremony and moment of silence at the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

    Tuesday marks one year since the attack that killed three people and injured hundreds more.

    Live coverage of the entire program will begin at 11 a.m. on FOX 25 and MyFoxBoston.com. The ceremony will also be streamed live on FOX 25's mobile app.

    Wednesday morning, President Barack Obama released the following statement on the anniversary:

    A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon.  Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded.  Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier.  And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.

    We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.  Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy.  And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perseverance, freedom and love.

    One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again.  With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city.  And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday - Patriot's Day - hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again.

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