Skip to comments.Boston dismantles bomb memorial in bid to 'look to the future'
Posted on 06/26/2013 5:05:21 AM PDT by rickmichaels
BOSTON - Boston city workers and volunteers on Tuesday disassembled a makeshift memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing in a move the mayor said he hoped would help the city "look to the future."
Crews arrived in Copley Square, near the marathon's finish line, shortly after dawn to remove teddy bears, crosses, flowers and photographs placed there since twin bombs killed three people and injured 264 others on race day, April 15.
The site had for weeks drawn family and friends of victims, some of whom left running shoes and hand-written posters with phrases such as "love is always louder" and "Boston, in our hearts forever" on police barricades left at the scene.
City officials announced last week that the memorial would be removed and its contents placed in the city archives.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino sent a letter to survivors and victims' families saying: "It is my hope that the respectful closing of the temporary memorial will help us all look to the future."
A victims' compensation fund that has amassed $58 million in donations will pay out in July.
Two ethnic Chechen brothers who lived in Cambridge, Mass., just outside of Boston, were identified by the FBI as suspects in the bombing.
The younger of the two, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, is in prison awaiting trial. His older brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, died in a shootout with police days after the bombing.
Tamerlan had been on a U.S. government database of potential terrorism suspects.
Vot bomink? Zher vas no bomink, Komrade...
Sooner or later these spontaneous memorials have to be cleaned up.
In it’s place a proper plaque or memorial should be placed there.
It should stay there to remind everyone
that the public was not protected
by their elected government;
and that instead the corrupt government
supported al Qaeda and terrorists, even
ignoring warnings, even ignoring a missing passport,
and even financing them
including giving them cell phones
(which were not tapped because of the warnings
and because of the the corrupt government tapping
its citizens for political and financial reasons).
Clean up that junk off the street and leave no permanent marking - it only glorifies the terrorists.
Look to the future? Why.. are there plans to build a victory mosque at the site?