Boston Marathon Memorial: A Photo Tour
Boston Marathon Memorial: A Photo Tour
The entrance to the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

The entrance to the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A sign reads “No more hurting people. Peace,” in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A sign reads “No more hurting people. Peace,” in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque tells the story of Martin Richard’s moving sign which read “No more hurting people. Peace,”  in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque tells the story of Martin Richard’s moving sign which read “No more hurting people. Peace,” in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A tree in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit blooms with messages left by visitors.  The exhibit is in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A tree in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit blooms with messages left by visitors. The exhibit is in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Crosses honoring the four victims of the marathon bombing and it’s aftermath are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Crosses honoring the four victims of the marathon bombing and it’s aftermath are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Photos of the four victims of the marathon bombing and it’s aftermath are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Photos of the four victims of the marathon bombing and it’s aftermath are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A sign from the memorial is seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A sign from the memorial is seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque from the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque from the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Messages of support sent from around the country are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Messages of support sent from around the country are seen in the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Runners around the world ran in support of Boston following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.  Momentos from these runs are seen at the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square. April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Runners around the world ran in support of Boston following the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Momentos from these runs are seen at the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

An exhibit at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon.  April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

An exhibit at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley square, just steps from the finish line of the Boston Marathon. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque honors the experience of spectators at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A plaque honors the experience of spectators at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Running shoes left at the memorial are seen at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

Running shoes left at the memorial are seen at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A childs message to the first responders reads “Thank you for saving our citizens,” at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014.  (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

A childs message to the first responders reads “Thank you for saving our citizens,” at the Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial exhibit in the central branch of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. April 18, 2014. (Phoebe Ryles/Epoch Times)

BOSTON—A steady stream of visitors made their way up the steps of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.  The library is home to “Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial,” a collection of photos and mementos that document the outpouring of support that flowed into the city after the April 15, 2013 Marathon bombings.  

Mary and her husband Charles, who live in Cambridge just three blocks from the family home of suspected bombers the Tsarnaev brothers, came to to see the exhibit.

“We lived through this. It is an emotional thing to come and look at, it is very moving,” Mary said.  Their neighborhood was locked down during the extended search for the brothers that shut down the city and surrounding towns for nearly 24 hours.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is scheduled to go on trail in November for the bombing. His brother Tamerlan was killed during the shootout with police in the aftermath. The attack left three people dead and more than 260 people  injured, many of whom are permanently disfigured.

The exhibit is both an archive of the past and an outlet for still raw feelings of fear, loss, hope and resilience. Three trees in the exhibit hall are blooming with flowers and hundreds of white tags printed with messages from visitors.

The most touching exhibits capture moments of beauty and clarity that defy the confusion and turmoil of that difficult time. One sign left on the memorial reads “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that.”  

The exhibit is in the McKim Exhibition Hall in the Central Library in Copley Square and runs from April 7 through May 11, 2014.

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