No American is likely to forget what happened at the Boston Marathon, but at least the wound that was torn into our collective consciousness has slowly began to heal. Bringing to a close the resident-made memorial dedicated to those traumatizing events, Mayor Thomas Menino has declared that the time has come to move past the nightmare.
For more than two months, Copley Square has been blanketed with the physical markers of grief and remembrance: stuffed animals, flowers, crosses, photographs, candles, baseball caps, dozens of pairs of running shoes. For those who pass by the square, this makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims remains a stirring testament to the strength of the city and its people.
But now has come the time for the temporary memorial to be taken down, Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a letter to survivors and victims' families. The city plans to remove the items Tuesday and move them to the city archives in West Roxbury for cleaning, fumigation, and archiving.