Boston Marathon 1 year later: Community gathers to pay tribute

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POSTED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:42am

UPDATED: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 9:45am

It's been one year since a pair of blasts exploded at the end of the iconic Boston Marathon.

Now, the city has begun to look forward, while honoring those who lost their lives and were injured last April.

There's expected to be a mix of emotions today.

The Vice President will be among those here for what's being called a tribute to those affected by the Boston Marathon bombing, exactly one year later, it's all about honoring the victims, the survivors and the city of Boston.

On April 15, 2013, a pair of bombs exploded near the finish line. Three people were killed. More than 200-others were injured.

For survivors, the scars remain and the healing continues.

"If I let myself go down that path of feeling incredibly sorry for myself, in the fetal position and crying, which I still have those days, if I stay there too long then I know he wins," said Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a bombing survivor.

Right after the bombing, people from near and far placed sneakers and letters at a makeshift memorial.

It became a place that truly defined what it meant to be "Boston strong"

Those very mementos are now on display for the one year anniversary.

"Boston is here. We're strong. We're still here. Nothing is going to come between us. We're still here fighting, still running the marathon," said Bostonian Jennifer Fernandez.

Signs the city is moving forward: the Boston Marathon's start and finish line got a face lift just this week.

And the event is expected to bring thousands to the city, as a show of solidarity.

"They can't keep us down, these kind of events, these terrorist acts that keep happening, We need to rise above and prove that we're resilient and we're strong and that we can create something good out of something so awful,” said runner Sally Duval.

The tribute will be taking place Tuesday afternoon.

Just to be clear, the marathon itself is not happening today, that's happening next Monday.

The message around the marathon, is let's continue running. 

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