Visiting the Boston Marathon Memorial

21 May

Before the Boston Marathon on April 15, Mark and I had already made plans to travel home from the Cape by way of Boston to meet up with one of my college friends for brunch and a walk to Copley Square. Needless to say, that walk took on a new meaning after the bombings occurred.

We paused to look at the collection and pay our respects to those lost and injured during the bombings by adding our names to the messages of support. The makeshift memorial is full of Boston memorabilia, running shoes, hats, stuffed animals, candles, rosaries, flags, written messages, artwork and the like.  There are also individuals with therapy dogs and cats (yes, therapy cats) talking to visitors and offering comfort.

When the streets reopened, the collection was moved from the barricaded area to the park and it is clear that care was taken by the city of Boston to organize and arrange the items.


Markers for those who lost their lives


Running shoes, medals, and bibs


Angel shoes


Boston Strong artwork

As we walked around, I wondered what would happen to the memorial after a period of time. As is the case with makeshift memorials, I knew it could not remain indefinitely. I found this article about the process already taking place to archive fragile items. It is likely that some form of permanent memorial will be created.

It was moving to see the display of remembrance and outpouring of support in person. I’m glad we had the opportunity to visit and I’m hoping that one day I’ll be able to join in the crowds on Marathon Monday and watch one of the most inspiring races in the country.

On a final note, I am looking forward to sporting my Boston Strong gear that came in the mail last week! The Boilermaker shirt says “Run for Boston” on the back when it’s wet (or sweaty) and the headband is from Bic Bands. 100% of all proceeds from each item goes right to the One Fund!


I also want to take a moment to say that my heart is with all those affected by the devastating tornado in Oklahoma.



2 Responses to “Visiting the Boston Marathon Memorial”

  1. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast May 22, 2013 at 5:12 pm #

    Wow- that would be emotional to see the memorial. I’m glad to hear something more permanent will be in place soon. Love the shirt!

    • Nikki May 22, 2013 at 8:54 pm #

      It was definitely a surreal experience. I hope they do find a way to make something permanent. Thanks!

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