A heartbreaking look inside the Boston Marathon bombing exhibit

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Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.14.23 AMThere really are no words to describe the way I felt when I walked into the Boston Marathon bombing exhibit in the Boston Public Library. So I took some photos so you could see for yourself.

A little back story: After the two two bombs went off at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon a makeshift memorial began to take shape in Copley Square. People their running shoes, posters, notes, t-shirts – everything you can imagine.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection are on display at the Boston Public Library. It’s the most emotional room I have ever been in. Take a look:

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These four crosses were the centerpiece of the makeshift memorial. One for each killed in the Boston Marathon bombing

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Four trees are in the corner of the room. People are invited to take a tag to hang on the tree and write a message answering this question: “On this one year anniversary, what is your hope for the future – for both Boston and the world?”

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Hundreds of runners left these shoes at Copley Square after last years Boston Marathon bombing.

IMG_7301 The exhibit closes on May 11. I suggest you do absolutely everything you can to get there. It’s a true tribute to Boston, first responders, victims, survivors and the human spirit.

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