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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

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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. Credit: Pool
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. Credit: Pool

Clinton's 'thoughts with Boston' a year after bombings

Former US President Bill Clinton has tweeted:

Police attend wreath ceremony at Boston finish line

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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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. Credit: REUTERS/Dominick Reuter
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:

Obama pays tribute to the people of Boston a year on

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings, recognising the "incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy."

Obama said: "We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindest and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm's way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety.

President Barack Obama has paid tribute to the people of Boston one year on from the marathon bombings. Credit: REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

"We offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on - perserverance, freedom and love.

"One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us - learning to stand, walk, dance and run again."

Boston survivor: Son and fiancee 'reason I fought to live'

Marc Fucarile, the last Boston Marathon survivor to leave hospital after the twin bombings, has told ITV News his fiancee and son Gavin were "the reason I fought to live",

"That little boy is my life ... I just couldn't think about not being with them," Mr Fucarile, who will marry his fiancee Jennifer Regan later this week, said.

"I wasn't going to let him grow up without a dad, I was going to fight no matter what," he added.

Mr Fucarile and his family created their own crowd funding website, Help Marc Fucarile, which has generated more than $190,000 (£113,700) so far.

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