A year later, and the horrific event during the Boston Marathon is still fresh in our minds.
On the bombing's first anniversary, Beyoncé paid tribute to everyone who was affected by the tragedy by posting Boston magazine's cover photo of running shoes formed into the shape of a heart with the caption, "Boston Strong," on Instagram. The same photo was posted on her website and linked to a YouTube video promoting One Fund, Many Stories.
The short yet heartwarming clip shows a number of survivors from the Boston bombing reading encouraging notes from people all over the world, and explaining how appreciative they are for receiving so many generous messages from people they don't even know.
"One Fund Boston was formed by Governor Deval Patrick and Mayor Thomas M. Menino on April 16, 2013, with the purpose of helping those most affected by the tragic Boston Marathon bombings," the organization's website states.
"In gratitude for the tremendous support the world has shown, we have gathered encouraging stories of strength, recovery, and hope from survivors. The greatest message we have received is that nothing can stop the generosity, courage, and unconditional love we have for one another."
"A year ago, tragedy struck at the 117th Boston Marathon," President Barack Obama said in a written statement Tuesday. "Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover...
"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. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday—Patriot's Day—hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again."