Martin Richard's father speaks at 9/11 ceremony
BOSTON (WHDH) -- Outside of the statehouse on Wednesday morning, the names of more than 200 people from Massachusetts who died during the 9/11 attacks were read. However, inside the statehouse during the Amy Sweeney awards ceremony, Bill Richard spoke. Richard’s son Martin was killed during the Boston Marathon bombing.
A somber wreath laying ceremony also took place the 9/11 memorial in the Boston Public Garden. Christie Coombs, whose husband Jeff was on the first plane that crashed into the twin towers, said she is still coping with the loss.
“We have that extreme void in our house, but the pain doesn't go away. You just learn to manage it,” Coombs said.
This year the 9/11 families honored the victims of April's marathon bombing; people who became unwilling members of a family no one wanted to become a part of. Eight-year-old Martin was at the marathon with his father, mother and younger sister. Martin was killed and three of his family members were injured.
“On behalf of my family and others who suffered losses on April 15th, I'd like to thank the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund for sharing their day. May God bless us all,” Bill Richard said.
Bombing victim Jeff Bauman looked on as the man who rescued him received an award for bravery named after Amy Sweeney, a flight attendant on one of the planes that crashed into the towers.
“I’m very happy about getting memory of Ms. Sweeney, you know, who paid the sacrifice in one of the planes,” said Carlos Arredondo, marathon bombing hero.
Wednesday was also a national day of service. Volunteers gathered on the Rose Kennedy Greenway to fill care packages for troops overseas and homeless veterans. Sydney McGinty says this is the way she chooses to honor the memory of her husband Mike, who was killed in one of the towers on that terrible day.
“I never had a good place to go on 9/11, and now I do. It's all these folks coming together to remember my husband in a positive way,” McGinty said.