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United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins Honors First Responders in Commemoration of the Tenth Anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Massachusetts

BOSTON – In commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Boston Marathon Bombing, United States Attorney Rachael S. Rollins held a private ceremony honoring the selflessness, commitment and bravery demonstrated by first responders and the medical community in the tragic events that occurred during the week of April 15, 2013.

“Ten years ago today, the City of Boston changed forever. On April 15, 2013 and the days following, four innocent lives were stolen and nearly three hundred others were maimed and wounded in a terrorist attack near the finish line of the 117th annual Boston Marathon. The tragedies of that day and the days that followed will forever remain as one of the most significant events in our Commonwealth’s – and our nation’s – modern history. We continue to honor and fight for the hundreds of victims and their families who were devastatingly affected by this act of terrorism,” said United States Attorney Rollins. 

“The impact of this horrific event has been far reaching. However, so has that of the countless first responders who demonstrated momentous bravery and selflessness in response. It was medical professionals’ incredible expertise, commitment and round-the-clock care that served as our guiding light through the dark, devastating week. It was law enforcement’s courage, persistence, and unprecedented collaboration that unified the Cities of Boston, Cambridge and Watertown along with the campus of MIT during a time of uncertainty and fear. Now a decade past, they remain our heroes whose selfless service – both highly visible and behind the scenes – made Boston and our Commonwealth stronger than ever. 

Inspired by the first responders and unsung heroes who brought our community together in the aftermath of April 2013, young artists from the YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs in six Project Safe Neighborhood cities have produced artwork depicting their view of peace, community, and love. The art exhibit is displayed in the John Joseph Moakley Federal Courthouse in Boston and is available for viewing now through June 30, 2023.”

Updated April 15, 2023