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Boston Marathon Bombings Memorial To Be Removed From Copley Square

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Copley Square memorial honoring those killed or injured in the finish line bomb blasts. (Credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ Radio 1030)

Copley Square memorial honoring those killed or injured in the finish line bomb blasts. (Credit: Kim Tunnicliffe/WBZ Radio 1030)

BOSTON (CBS) – The Copley Square memorial that has become the city’s symbol of remembrance after the Boston Marathon bombings is being removed.

On Friday, Mayor Tom Menino sent a letter to survivors and victims’ families letting them know that the items will be moved to the city archives on Tuesday, June 25.

Running shoes, teddy bears, flowers, and heartfelt notes have been placed by hundreds of people as a memorial to the victims of the attack.

The items will be able to be viewed at 201 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury.

A Remembrance Committee will be formed to oversee the creation of a permanent memorial to honor survivors and victims. The city says survivors and family members have been notified and welcomed to serve on the Committee.

On April 15, three people were killed and more than 260 more were injured in the two blasts on Boylston Street near the finish line of the marathon. Later that week, the bombing suspects allegedly shot and killed MIT Police officer Sean Collier in Cambridge.

Full Text of Mayor Menino’s letter:

The items at Copley Square will be removed on Tuesday, June 25, for cleaning and archiving at the City of Boston Archives. Many other items, letters and tokens have already been removed to prevent further deterioration. This tremendous outpouring of support can be viewed at the Archives, located at 201 Rivermoor Street in West Roxbury.

Moving forward, a Remembrance Committee will be formed to oversee the creation of a permanent memorial or other means of honoring survivors and victims. Survivors and family members have been notified of these plans and welcomed to serve on the Committee should they wish.

It is our hope that the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future.

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