Moving the Memorial:

Shortly before 6:00am this morning, Tuesday, June 25, 2013, a little more than two months after the attack on the Boston Marathon, officials from the mayor’s office, city archives and volunteers from the New England Museum Association somberly went about the business of dismantling and disassembling the makeshift Boston Marathon memorial which came to symbolize the city’s strength and resiliency in the days that followed the attack. The memorial, located at the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth Streets, allowed people from all over the country and the world to visit and offer thoughts, prayers, condolences and gifts to those injured and lost during the bombings. Some of the many items left at the site included, among other things, running sneakers, stuffed animals, baseball hats, sports memorabilia, religious symbols, police patches and thousands of heartfelt cards. But above all else, most who visited the site say they were especially moved by the four white wooden crosses dedicated to Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu and MIT Police Officer Sean Collier. All of the items carefully gathered and collected from the site today will be moved to the city’s archives. In a letter addressed to survivors and victims’ families, Mayor Thomas M. Menino wrote, “It is my hope that the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future.”