Boston marks 2nd anniversary of marathon bombings

AP , Wednesday 15 Apr 2015

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Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard's sister Jane (2nd R) watches her brother Henry (R) unveil the 2015 Boston Marathon banners during a ceremony at the site of the second bomb blast on the second anniversary of the bombings in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)

A moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness will mark the second anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

With the plaintive wail of bagpipes in the background, Mayor Marty Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials unveiled commemorative banners on Wednesday morning at the site of the blasts on Boylston Street. The orange banners bear a white heart with a road receding into the distance and the word ''Boston.''

The four banners were mounted on light poles wrapped in blue and yellow flowers, the marathon's colors.

Jane Richard, who lost a leg in the blasts that took the life of her 8-year-old brother, Martin, helped unveil one set of banners.

A moment of silence will follow at 2:49 p.m., when the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line on April 15. Church bells will then ring throughout the city.

Walsh has declared April 15 ''One Boston Day,'' a new tradition in which Bostonians are encouraged to show kindness and generosity.

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded in the attacks. The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been convicted of 30 counts during his federal trial and could face the death penalty.

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