Boston commemorates anniversary of the marathon bombings

On the morning of April 15, 2013, runners were lacing up their shoes and stretching their legs for the Boston Marathon. It was supposed to be a day of achievement and joy, instead it was a day shadowed by acts of malice.

The city is now “Boston Strong” and a united front. Visitors and locals are preparing the city for this year’s marathon. The streets of Boston that were drenched in terror are now filled with messages of love and support.

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Sharon Neary, of Rochester, New York, cries while watching a billboard television screen broadcasting the ceremony commemorating the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing , on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. Neary says she was standing near the site of the bombing before it went off. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

From right, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, react along with the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, behind, during a remembrance ceremony at the finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock, in hat, a pre-school teacher from the Baltimore area, is embraced as she walks across the Marathon finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

2013 Boston Marathon bombing survivor Erika Brannock, a pre-school teacher from the Baltimore area, and her mother, Carol Downing, at right, walk across the Marathon finish line after a remembrance ceremony on Boylston Street in Boston, Tuesday, April 15, 2014. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

The family of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, from left, mother Denise, brother Henry, and father Bill Richard walk onto Boylston street for the raising of the flag during a tribute on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Brown puts up a hand made memorial for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings near the race's finish line in Boston

Kevin Brown puts up a hand made memorial for victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings near the race's finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014, on the one year anniversary of the bombings. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS DISASTER)

Dignitaries, survivors and first responders watch as flag is raised near site of one of two bomb blasts on one-year anniversary of 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston

Dignitaries, survivors and first responders watch as a flag is raised near the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, other leaders and survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing shared messages of thanks and defiance on Tuesday at a tribute to the three people killed and 264 wounded in the attack exactly one year ago. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS DISASTER CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY)

CORRECTS TO BRANNOCK FROM BRANNICK- Marathon survivor Erika Brannock, a teacher from Maryland, uses a walker as she prepares to cross the finish line following a tribute in honor of the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in Boston. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Flowers lie on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

People photograph a banner reading "Boston Strong" as it hangs at Rowes Wharf on the first anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Tuesday, April 15, 2014, in Boston. (AP Photo/Bill Sikes)

Roses hang on a lamp post near the site of the second bomb blast on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston

Roses hang on a lamp post near the site of the second bomb blast on the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS CRIME LAW ANNIVERSARY)

Boston Police stand beneath a Boston Strong sign near the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston

Boston Police stand beneath a Boston Strong sign near the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick Reuter (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY DISASTER)

Family members of a 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victim attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Boston

Denise Richard (2nd R), mother of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, leans over her daughter Jane (3rd R) while standing beside her son Henry during a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick shakes hands with Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley during a wreath-laying ceremony with members of the victims families commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

A bystander cries during a ceremony at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston

A bystander cries as families of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims and public officials place a wreath at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS DISASTER ANNIVERSARY)

Family members of 2013 Boston Marathon bombings victims walk to finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony

Family members of the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings are joined by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (baseball cap, L) and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh (3rd R) as they walk to the finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the first bomb blast in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS DISASTER ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick walks with his wife, Diane, and members of the victims families during a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick walks with members of the victims families during a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: The family of Martin Richard including Bill Richard, along with Boston mayor Marty Walsh and other members of the victims families stand during a wreath-laying ceremony commemorating the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings on Boylston Street near the finish line on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: A knitted tribute hangs on a street light along the course of the Boston Marathon on the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Flowers lie on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Massachusetts Governor Patrick joins the family of a Boston Marathon bombing victim in Boston

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (C) joins the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard at the finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Richard's family members include sister Jane (3rd R), mother Denise (2nd R) and brother Henry (R). REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT ATHLETICS DISASTER ANNIVERSARY POLITICS)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Flowers lie on the finish line of the Boston Marathon on the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Commemorates One-Year Anniversary Of Marathon Terror Bombings

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 15: Members of the Boston Police Department, Boston Fire Department, and Massachusetts State Police practice marching prior to a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon Bombing, on April 15, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Kathryn Shea, from Rochester, New York, hangs a hand-written message she wrote on a tree hung with messages inside a display titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Marathon bombing survivors Doug Julian, left, and his partner Lynn Crisci, center, hug as fellow survivor Shannon Silvestri, right, looks on in Boston, Sunday, April 13, 2014. The trio, joined by other survivors, family members and supporters met up with participants of a cross country charity relay that began in March in California and ended Sunday at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: A woman writes a tribute on a memorial before a flag raising ceremony at Boston Medical Center to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Crosses bearing the names of people killed are displayed in an exhibit titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: A woman walks through an exhibit titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Runner's shoes are laid out in a display titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: A man walks past a billboard reading "We Are Boston" near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Jamal Alkattan pins down a corner of a memorial quilt prior to a flag raising ceremony at Boston Medical Center to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Hand written messages are displayed in an exhibit titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 12: A shoe lace reading "Boston Strong" is pinned to a lamp post at the site of one of the bombings, along with other tributes, in memorial to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing that happened one year ago on April 12, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon last year on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: A runner's shoes read, "I will run the Boston Marathong for you," in a display titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Boston University Public Safety Officer Marshall Kent salutes during a flag raising ceremony at Boston Medical Center to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: A woman writes a tribute on a memorial before a flag raising ceremony at Boston Medical Center to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: Joe Leary, from West Barnstable, Massachuestts, hangs a hand-written message he wrote on a tree hung with messages inside a display titled, "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" in the Boston Public Library to commemorate the 2013 Boston Maraton bombings, on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 14: People write tributes on a memorial before a flag raising ceremony at Boston Medical Center to commemorate the one year anniversary of the Boston marathon bombings on April 14, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Last year, two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon, on April 15, 2013. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Boston Prepares To Commemorate Year Anniversary Of Marathon Bombing

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 13: A woman looks at "Boston Strong" shirts for sale inside Marathon Sports, a running apparal store that sits in front of the site of one of the bombings during the Boston Marathon bombing, on April 13, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. Two pressure cooker bombs killed three and injured an estimated 264 others during the Boston marathon last year on April 15, 2013. The store was damaged in the bombing, but was able to eventually reopen in its same location. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)