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Bomb squad on scene of Boston Marathon finish line

The Boston Police Department is asking people to avoid the area surrounding the Boston Marathon after two unattended backpacks were discovered. The bomb squad is on the scene.

Earlier today a memorial service was held to mark the first anniversary of the bomb attacks.

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Public Safety Alert: #BPD investigating 2 unattended backpacks found in the area of Boston Marathon Finish Line.

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Public Safety Alert: #BPD asking pedestrians & motorists to avoid the area in and around the Boston Marathon Finish Line.

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#BPDPublicSafetyAlert: #BPD Bomb Squad still on scene in the area of Marathon Finish Line investigating call for 2 unattended backpacks.

Suspicious packages 'left at Boston Marathon finish line'

Local media is reporting two suspicious packages have been identified near to the finish line of the Boston Marathon, prompting evacuations.

A memorial service has been taking place to mark the first anniversary of the bombings.

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The @bostonpolice department confirms there are 2 unattended backpacks at the finish line that have caused the evacuations. #wbz

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Boston bombing survivors share thanks and defiance

US leaders including Vice President Joe Biden and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago.

From Patrick Downes, who lost a leg when a pair of homemade bombs ripped through the crowds at the race's finish line, to Biden, speakers recalled how those on the scene, from police officers to spectators, reacted immediately to help the wounded amid the chaos on April 15, 2013.

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, who managed the response to the attack in the final year of his two decades in office, recalled the struggles of the families of Martin Richard, 8, Krystle Campbell, 29, and Chinese national Lu Lingzi, 23, who died in the attack

Read: Minute's silence held for victims of Boston Marathon bombings

Minute's silence for Boston Marathon bombing victims

A minute's silence has taken place at a memorial event marking one year since the Boston Marathon bombings.

The Boston Marathon bombing memorial event took place near the race's finish line.
The Boston Marathon bombing memorial event took place near the race's finish line. Credit: Pool
US Vice President Joe Biden observes the minute's silence at the memorial event.
US Vice President Joe Biden observes the minute's silence at the memorial event. Credit: Pool
Following the minute's silence an American flag was unfurled as the crowd sang the National Anthem.
Following the minute's silence an American flag was unfurled as the crowd sang the National Anthem. Credit: Pool

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Police attend wreath ceremony at Boston finish line

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On this day - we remember all those impacted by the attack one year ago. God Bless us all. We are #BostonStrong. http://t.co/QOn6CyZslD

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#BPD Honor Guard solemnly standing proud at today's wreath laying ceremony on Boylston Street. We are #BostonStrong. http://t.co/ug7hhCnJdr

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Kerry: 'Remember victims, honour heroes' one year on

US Secretary of State John Kerry tweeted on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings:

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One year later, even if you were miles from home, no Bostonian will forget this day. Remember victims, honor heroes. We are #BostonStrong.

Read: Washington Correspondent Robert Moore's blog on the survivors of the bomb attacks

Wreaths placed at Boston Marathon bombing sites

Wreaths have been placed at the sites of the two Boston Marathon bomb attacks as the city remembers the events one year on.

Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of one of the two bomb blasts that took place during last year's Boston Marathon.
Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of one of the two bomb blasts that took place during last year's Boston Marathon. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of the other Boston Marathon bomb blast.
Honour guards stand beside a wreath at the site of the other Boston Marathon bomb blast. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter

Boston mayor urges people to join moment of silence

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh urged people on Twitter to join in a moment of silence to honour those affected by last year's marathon bombings:

Boston Marathon bombings: One year on

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