Northeastern University Plants a Tree in Memory of the Boston Marathon Bombing Victims

March 16, 2024

Ten years ago, two bombs exploded 14 seconds apart near the finish line of Boston's oldest annual marathon, killing three people and injuring hundreds. The attack shook a city, state and nation and changed the lives of thousands of people. On Friday afternoon, Northeastern held a memorial service in the Cabot Quad on its campus to honor victims and those who came together in the aftermath of the bombings. The event included speeches, a moment of silence and the planting of a tree.

The inscription reads, "In memory of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing and those who stood up for justice." It's a quote from a poem by Emily Dickinson. A wreath of tulips and daffodils was placed at the base of the tree, which is a Newton Sentry Sugar Maple named for a town along the marathon route. The tree will be marked with an embossed label identifying it as a remembrance tree and will bear the name of one of the victims of the attack.

As runners reached the finish line of the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, a bomb went off less than a block away. It killed a 29-year-old woman, Krystle Campbell, and injured others, including her husband, who lost his right leg to shrapnel wounds. Four days later, a manhunt ended with the capture of 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother Tamerlan, who was killed in a shootout with police officers. The phrase "Boston Strong" became a rallying cry for the city, with its residents showing resilience and determination to reclaim their lives after the attacks.


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