We remember: Boston Strong continues, eight years later

BOSTON — A solemn moment as Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Kim Janey lay a wreath, just feet from the Boston Marathon finish line, to honor the victims of the marathon bombings. Memories still haunt those who were here that day. Some come back every year, like Laurie Scher.

“The day goes through my mind. It’s a way to reflect,” said Scher.

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Every year, she meets Sara Valverde-Perez. Both were here when the bombs went off and they come back for each other and to honor the victims.

“You can’t forget there was lives lost, a child’s life was lost, a college student. You can’t forget all the pain,” said Valverde-Perez.

The finish line was also repainted Thursday, the same finish line where Joe Craven’s son was waiting 8 years ago for his dad to cross. The first blast knocked his son, JP Craven, to the ground. He has since recovered from his injuries to his head ears and nose.

“He’s doing well. We are fortunate and we are grateful that he’s OK,” said Joe Craven. He and his wife, Nancy, come back to remember this day, too.

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At 2:49 p.m. Thursday, the bells at the Old South Church tolled to mark the exact time the bombs exploded, just 12 seconds apart. People stopped to leave flowers, they hugged each other, paid tribute to the victims and the first responders who bravely raced to save lives.

Those acts of kindness and solidarity have boiled down to the essence that’s evolved into “Boston Strong.”

“For most of us, what that meant was people here will live their lives the way they choose no matter what anyone does to try to stop them,” said Tom Grilk, the president of the Boston Athletic Association.

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