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Tributes Mark Bombing Anniversary      04/16 06:12

   Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in the Boston 
Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that combined 
sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's resilience 
in the face of a terror attack.

   BOSTON (AP) -- Survivors, first responders and relatives of those killed in 
the Boston Marathon bombing marked the anniversary Tuesday with tributes that 
combined sorrow over the loss of innocent victims with pride over the city's 
resilience in the face of a terror attack.

   "This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong," former 
Mayor Thomas Menino told an invitation-only audience of about 2,500 people at 
the Hynes Convention Center, not far from the finish line, where two pressure 
cooker bombs hidden in backpacks killed three people and injured more than 260 
others a year ago.

   Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the ceremony, said the courage shown 
by survivors and those who lost loved ones is an inspiration for other 
Americans dealing with loss and tragedy.

   "You have become the face of America's resolve," he said.

   Biden also praised the 36,000 runners who plan to run the marathon next 
week, saying they will send a message to terrorists.

   "America will never, ever, ever stand down," he said, to loud applause. He 
added, "We own the finish line."

   In the evening, after the tributes were over and most people had left, a man 
behaving suspiciously near the finish line dropped a backpack containing a rice 
cooker, police said. The man, who walked barefoot in a street in pouring rain, 
was taken into custody and was being charged with possession of a hoax device 
and disturbing the peace, Police Superintendent Randall Halstead said.

   The backpack was blown up by the bomb squad as a precaution as was a second 
unattended backpack found nearby, police said, and no injuries were reported. 
Halstead didn't release the identity of the man in custody and wouldn't say 
what was in the second backpack or who owned it.

   In Washington, President Barack Obama observed the anniversary of last 
year's deadly marathon attack with a private moment of silence at the White 
House.

   "Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many 
Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy," Obama said in a statement. "And 
we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, 
medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the 
spirit Boston was built on --- perseverance, freedom and love."

   Obama said this year's race, scheduled for April 21, will "show the world 
the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again."

   Authorities say two ethnic Chechen brothers who lived in the former Soviet 
republic of Kyrgyzstan and the Dagestan region of Russia planned and 
orchestrated the marathon bombings on April 15, 2013.

   Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, died following a shootout with police days after the 
bombings. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 20, has pleaded not guilty to federal charges and 
is awaiting a trial in which he faces a possible death sentence. Prosecutors 
say the brothers also killed MIT police Officer Sean Collier days after the 
bombings in an attempt to steal his gun.

   Prosecutors have said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left a hand-scrawled confession 
condemning U.S. actions in Muslim countries on the inside wall of a boat in 
which he was found hiding following the police shootout.

   At the tribute, several survivors of the bombing alluded to their injuries 
but focused on the strength they've drawn from fellow survivors, first 
responders, doctors, nurses and strangers who have offered them support.

   "We should never have met this way, but we are so grateful for each other," 
said Patrick Downes, a newlywed who was injured along with his wife. Each lost 
a left leg below the knee in the bombings.

   Downes described Boston Strong, the slogan coined after the attack, as a 
movement that symbolizes the city's determination to recover. He called the 
people who died "our guardian angels."

   "We will carry them in our hearts," he said.

   Downes said the city on April 21 will "show the world what Boston 
represents." He added, "For our guardian angels, let them hear us roar."

   Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a ballroom dancer who lost her left leg below the 
knee and has recently returned to performing on a prosthetic leg, said she's 
learned over the last year that no milestone is too small to celebrate, 
including walking into a non-handicapped bathroom stall for the first time and 
"doing a happy dance."

   Gov. Deval Patrick spoke of how the attack has drawn people closer.

   "There are no strangers here," he repeated throughout his speech.

   Carlos Arredondo, the cowboy hat-wearing spectator who was hailed as a hero 
for helping the wounded after the bombings, said he went to the tribute 
ceremony to support survivors and their families.

   "You can see how the whole community gathered together to support them and 
remember," Arredondo said.

   After the tributes, many of those in attendance walked in the rain to the 
finish line for a moment of silence that coincided with the time when the bombs 
went off. Bells rang, and a flag was raised by transit agency police Officer 
Richard Donohue, who was badly injured during a shootout with the bombing 
suspects.

   Earlier in the day, a wreath-laying ceremony drew the families of the three 
people killed last year --- Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi --- 
and Collier's relatives.


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