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Boston remembers all impacted by bombing at memorial

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The city of Boston marked the one year anniversary of the marathon bombing Tuesday; standing strong together to honor the victims as well as the survivors of the tragedy.

Vice President Joe Biden joined Mayor Walsh, Gov. Patrick, and former Mayor Thomas Menino at the ceremony.

“This day will always be hard, it will never be easy to gather so close to that finish line,” Former Mayor Thomas Menino said.

Despite the pain and the wounds still waiting to heal first responders, dignitaries and survivors did gather.

“We would never wish the devastation on any of you, however we do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt in the last year,” bombing survivor Patrick Downes said.

They reflected on the year since that day, going all the way back to the beginning and recalling acts of kindness.

“It’s the fellow survivor offering her hospital room to allow a married couple can reunite,” Downes said.

And personal triumphs.

“Even walking into a non-handicap stall for the first time doing a happy dance; it's the little things,” Adrianne Haslet-Davis said.

Families of the four lost the week of the bombing listened as their loved ones were remembered.

“Lingzi Lu was drawn here from halfway around the world to study, learn and explore. Krystle Campbell was always the last to leave work but she was always there when grandmother needed her. Sean collier was doing what he always wanted to do, building a career as a police officer devoted to community. Martin Richard was a little neighborhood kid with a big smile and an even bigger heart,” Walsh said.

Menino offered words reminding everyone that we, Boston, New England and America, will always support each other.

“Lean in because I want you to hear this solemn promise. When the lights have dimmed and the cameras have gone away know that our support and love for you will never waver, whatever you have to do to carry on, know that the people of Boston and I will be right there by your side,” Menino said.

Vice President Biden spoke about what it means to be an American after a tragedy like last year’s bombing.

“We will never yield, we will never cower, America will never, ever, ever stand down. We are Boston, we are America, we respond, we endure, we overcome and we own the finish line,” Vice President Biden said.

At 2:49 p.m. where the first bomb exploded last year a flag was raised and bells rang in honor of all those affected.

“I am so proud to be a Bostonian because I am so proud to be connected to all of you,” Downes said.

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