Marathon memorial to be moved to Copley Sq. Park
BOSTON (WHDH) -- The Boylston Street Boston Marathon memorial is going to be moved over to the park at Copley Square.
The memorial continued to grow over the weekend with balloons, flowers, teddy bears and an outpouring of support for everyone affected.
Many mementoes placed were special to Martin Richard, the 8-year-old Dorchester boy killed in the blasts, who asked for ‘peace and no more hurting people’ in an unforgettable image that has gone viral since the Boston Marathon bombing victim had been identified.
The community came together in prayer and support for his family as his sister and mother, also injured, continue their recovery process. His sister lost a leg and his mother required brain surgery.
His family offered its thanks to the investigators who worked around the clock on the case and the civilians who offered tips and images that helped authorities zero in on two suspects. Martin Richard's family said it trusts that the justice system will now "do its job" after the arrest of 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Friday night in the Boston suburb of Watertown. His brother and fellow suspect died in a shootout with police. Martin was killed in Monday's blast along with two other. His mother and sister were among some 180 others wounded. The family also added that it continues to "pray for healing and for comfort" for the rest of the victims on their road to recovery. The Richard Family fund was set up for anyone hoping to help the family.
Mementoes have already been moved off the street on to the sidewalk. All of the flowers, notes, stuffed animals and flags were moved with respect and care. Boylston Street was still closed but the mayor does have a five-point plan to reopen it. The first step will be biohazard testing, then structural assessment of the buildings and a cleanup to get rid of all of the debris. After that, local business owners will be able to access their properties and the final step will be full public access to the area.
Crews dressed in white were still working to clean the street up on Monday, picking up debris and clearing the area shut down since last Monday.
With that plan, there is no set timeline but the hope is that everything will be opened up by the end of the week and that includes moving this memorial over to Copley Square Park.
Mayor Menino has spoken extensively about the importance of keeping this memorial intact and at least temporarily, moving it over to that park in Copley Square and he also knows that the city needs to continue to have an outlet to express their emotion so they're going to put up message boards so that people walking by can share a thought, a prayer or a reflection on the events following the Boston Marathon bombing.
A recent addition to the memorial is a sign that reads, ‘Can you feel a brand new day?’