Senator Markey Statement on One Boston Day
Washington (April 15, 2015) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement on One Boston Day and the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing. Senator Markey will join with Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) today at 2:49 PM on the U.S. Senate floor to observe a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Two years ago today, three innocent people were killed and hundreds injured in two bombings that occurred during the running of the 117th Boston Marathon. That tragic day, we lost Martin Richard, an eight-year-old boy from Dorchester; Krystle Campbell, from Arlington; and Lu Lingzi, who came to the United States from China. 232 innocent people also were wounded in the bombings.
“In the aftermath of the attacks, Officer Sean Collier of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology police force was assassinated by the two individuals who bombed our city. Officer Collier wasn’t just protecting the best and the brightest minds, he was the best and the brightest, an impressive and loved officer who has been greatly missed on campus and in our community.
“I want to express my deepest thanks to all of the men and women of law enforcement in Massachusetts and around the nation for their unwavering determination, courage, and resolve to bring to justice those responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings.
“Many others responded decisively: the citizens of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, fire and rescue workers, caregivers, Armed Forces, and thousands more who through their many expressions of care and compassion brought forth comfort, hope, and the promise of recovery.
“Today, under the leadership of Mayor Marty Walsh, the City of Boston is turning April 15 into a new tradition called ‘One Boston Day’, honoring the resiliency, generosity and strength of the people of the city. This is a day for the citizens, businesses and organizations in the City of Boston to display their humanity and draw neighbors together. Thank you, Mayor Walsh for helping all of us understand that the compassion and support we all felt that day should never be forgotten and should be a part of each of our lives.
“May the light of One Boston Day shine as an example of how our nation responds to times of crisis.”