Comfort, solace found at marathon memorial
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Amid the hustle and bustle of Copley Square there is a place of comfort and solace.
“It’s truly amazing to see that people take this much care and to see all the people that have come out and how organized everything is. It’s really touching,” said Kerrie Winsor, who was visiting the Boston Marathon memorial in Copley Square.
Runners and passersby weren’t the only ones who took a moment to reflect at the Boston Marathon memorial. Victims of the bombings like Victoria McGrath and Aaron Hern visited the spot, so close to where the bombs went off.
“Still a little hard to do the things I used to,” said Aaron, injured in the blast.
The 11 year old from California was hurt by shrapnel while waiting for his mom at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. While Aaron was on his way to the memorial a Boston police officer took a pin off his own uniform for him.
Aaron’s mother said the support from Boston has been overwhelming.
“Endless gratitude to the people of Boston. Boston PD, I cannot say enough about how amazing the staff at Children’s Hospital was,” said Katherine Hern, Aaron’s mother.
In the middle of stores reopening, including Marathon Sports, located at the site of the first blast, there are spontaneous sparks of joy.
“It was raining money!” one man said.
Someone dropped two-dollar bills out of a window to the delight of the people walking below.
“Just money drifting down and people just scrambling around on the street picking up two-dollar bills,” said Phil Littlefield, who grabbed some of the bills.
Meantime, inside Marathon Sports, it was a packed house Friday as shoppers rushed to buy marathon gear and help the shop.
“Just because I know they were closed for a few days after the bombing and I want to support the stores and support Boston. It’s a great town,” said Lisa Caputo, a shopper.