BOSTON (CBS/AP) — A moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness marked the second anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
On Wednesday at 2:49 p.m., bells tolled as a large crowd of Boston residents gathered at the Boston Marathon finish line and other locations around the city for a moment of silence.READ MORE: Lawmakers, State Leaders Fight Over Drawing Precinct Lines
Bombing survivor Tom Ralston was responsible for tolling the bells inside Old South Church.
Gov. Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh were among those participating in the solemn ceremonies on what has been declared “One Boston Day.”
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Earlier Wednesday, Walsh, Baker and other officials unveiled commemorative orange banners bearing a white heart and the word “Boston” on them at the site of the blasts on Boylston Street.
The four banners were mounted on light poles wrapped in blue and yellow flowers, the marathon’s colors.
As bagpipes played “Amazing Grace,” Baker raised a banner in front of Marathon Sports with the help of the family of Krystle Campbell, who died in the attacks.
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Minutes later down the street, Walsh and the family of 8-year-old victim Martin Richard unveiled a banner in front of the old Forum restaurant.
Later, a moment of silence was held at exactly 2:49 p.m., when the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line on April 15, 2013.
Walsh has declared April 15 “One Boston Day,” a new tradition in which Bostonians are encouraged to show kindness and generosity.
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Three people were killed and more than 260 others were wounded in the attacks.
The surviving bomber, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, has been convicted of 30 counts during his federal trial and could face the death penalty.MORE NEWS: 4 Your Community: Home Base Program
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