BOSTON (CBS) – Thursday was One Boston Day, marking eight years since the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.
For the second year in a row, there were not any public events or public service campaigns because of the pandemic. Governor Charlie Baker and acting Boston Mayor Kim Janey laid a wreath at the memorial on Boylston Street.
Janey said the day should be taken “as an opportunity to share a moment of kindness with family, friends, neighbors, and fellow Bostonians.” She went to the William E. Carter School in the South End Thursday morning where city workers cleaned up a sensory garden.
“I was actually at the marathon that day. I was at the second explosion. It was a very traumatic experience for all that were there, all that even witnessed on television,” Janey said. “There are lots of ways that people can contribute on this day. I hope people take some time to reflect, take some time to figure out how they can give back.”
The mayor’s office provided a checklist of acts of kindness anyone can safely do from home. Janey also asked people to share their reflections on the meaning of April 15 on social media with #OneBostonDay.
As we recognize #OneBostonDay today, the message is simple: Be kind. We’re challenging Bostonians to complete at least 4 of our 15 acts of kindness. Don’t forget to share what you’re doing to spread kindness safely by using #OneBostonDay!
— City of Boston (@CityOfBoston) April 15, 2021
The bells at Old South Church tolled at 2:49 p.m., the time the first bomb exploded near the finish line, to mark the eighth anniversary. Janey also held a moment of silence at that time at City Hall.
Boston Police officer Dennis Simmonds suffered a head injury during a shootout with the Tsarnaev brothers and died almost a year later.