BOSTON — Survivors, residents and state officials were among the thousands gathered in silence across the Boston area Monday afternoon, one week after deadly explosions erupted near the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
At 2:50 p.m. — exactly one week after the bombings — many bowed their heads and cried at the makeshift memorial on Boylston Street, three blocks from the site of the explosions, where bouquets of flowers, handwritten messages, and used running shoes were piled.
Bridget Horne, 28, who finished the marathon minutes before the explosions, spent the moment of silence locked in a group hug with other survivors.
Horne, clad in her bright-blue marathon jacket, had run to Boylston Street from her South Boston office with several colleagues to mark the moment. It was her first time returning to the scene since the day of the attack.
“I just need to be with people who were there,” she said.
A little more than a mile away, hundreds of state employees gathered outside the Massachusetts Statehouse to observe the moment of silence.
Gov. Deval Patrick bowed his head, standing with Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Secretary of State William Galvin and House Speaker Robert DeLeo on a landing on the great front steps of the capitol.
“God bless the people of Massachusetts. Boston Strong,” Patrick said when the moment had ended. The officials departed without any further words.
The silence was broken on Boylston Street when a Boston police officer pumped his fists in the air and the crowd erupted in applause.
They quietly sung ‘God Bless America’ before starting to leave the area.
Holly Holland (right) of St. Louis, hugs her daughter Katie Holland while visiting a makeshift memorial on Monday in Boston. The memorial sits on Boylston Street, not far from where two bombs exploded near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15.×
A woman wipes a tear at a memorial for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing on Boylston Street.×