Boston to mark 2nd anniversary of marathon bombings

Boston Marathon Bombings 2 Years
In this April 15, 2014 file photograph, the family of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, from left, mother Denise, brother Henry, and father Bill Richard walk onto Boylston street for the raising of the flag during a tribute on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston. Boston will mark the second anniversary of the 2013 marathon bombings Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with a subdued remembrance that includes a moment of silence, the pealing of church bells and a call for kindness. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

BOSTON (AP) — A moment of silence, the tolling of church bells and a call for kindness will mark the second anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and other officials will raise commemorative banners on Boylston Street early Wednesday morning.

A moment of silence follows at 2:49 p.m., when the first of two bombs exploded near the finish line on April 15. Church bells will then ring throughout the city.

Walsh has declared April 15 “One Boston Day,” a new tradition in which Bostonians are encouraged to show kindness and generosity.

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.

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