Moment of silence and acts of kindness on Boston Marathon bombing anniversary

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BOSTON – Wednesday marked two years since the Boston Marathon Bombings on April 15, 2013, when Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarneav planted two bombs near the finish line of the marathon. The City of Boston is now marking April 15th as One Boston Day, a day to honor the victims and survivors through service.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is asking everyone to perform one act of kindness. “We are asking people in the City of Boston to take what was a very sad day and turn it into a very positive,” said Mayor Walsh.

Commemorative banners unveiled on Boylston Street Wednesday morning

Commemorative banners unveiled on Boylston Street Wednesday morning

The Hyatt Hotel near Downtown Crossing in Boston is recognizing One Boston Day by collecting shoes for the Saint Francis Homeless Shelter.

On April 8, Dzohkhar Tsarneav was found guilty of all 30 criminal charges against him. The penalty phase of the trial, in which jurors will decide if Tsarnaev will receive the death penalty, is expected to begin April 21 and last about a month.

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People across Boston paused for a moment of silence on the second anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings to remember those who were killed.

Church bells tolled at 2:49 p.m. Wednesday, the time the first bomb went off at the race’s finish line.

Earlier Wednesday, Walsh, Gov. Charlie Baker and other officials unveiled commemorative banners at the site of the blasts on Boylston Street. The orange banners bear a white heart with a road receding into the distance and the word “Boston.”

Three people were killed and more than 260 others were injured when the bombs exploded.