BOSTON (CBS) – The makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims at Copley Square has grown to massive proportions and it reflects sympathy and hope from people around the world.READ MORE: Vaccine Booster Sites Open In Brockton And Danvers Next Week
Now, with rain in the forecast the next few days, the city has taken steps to preserve some of the items.READ MORE: Elijah Lewis Search: Large Police Presence In Abington Related To Missing 5-Year-Old Boy
“This is amazing, it’s an extraordinary outpouring of people’s sympathies and compassion and grief,” says John McColgan, the director of the Boston Archives Center in West Roxbury. “This is a record of the passion of the people of Boston and beyond.”
McColgan is now protecting tens of thousands of signatures and messages, so that they may be included in a permanent memorial someday.MORE NEWS: Police Arrest Woman After Service Dog Stolen From New Hampshire Walmart
There are also medals that some of the runners earned, and bibs that are now being protected from the elements.