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BOSTON BOMBING-PKG

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FOR THE FIRST TIME IN NINE DAYS.. BOSTON HAS RETURNED TO BOYLSTON STREET..

(sot / Jen Richardson - Boston Resident :06 - :15)

"I don't think I realized what it would be like to see the blast and everything closed still obviously , and the roses back there were really hard.

FLOWERS.. FLAGS.. BANNERS..

EVERYTHING LEFT BY MOURNERS.. AT MAKESHIFT MEMORIALS ACROSS THE CITY, HAS BEEN MOVED TO A PARK JUST ACROSS FROM THE BLAST SITE..

WHERE THOUSANDS HAVE GATHERED THROUGHOUT THE DAY.. PAUSING IN THE HEART OF THIS BUSTLING CITY.. FOR A SILENT.. SOLEMN MOMENT TO REMEMBER..

quick pop of silence

EVERYTHING HERE.. IT SEEMS SENDS A MESSAGE..

THE MARATHON FINISH LINE - NOW A SYMBOL OF A NEW RACE - JUST BEGINNING..

THE WOOD THAT COVERS BLOWN OUT WINDOWS.. PLASTERED WITH WORDS OF HOPE..

EVEN THE FRESH CEMENT OVER A SPOT ON THE SIDEWALK ONCE CHARRED BY THE BLAST - HAS A VERY SPECIAL MEANING NOW..

(sot / Robert Dibiase - Boston Resident :53 - 1:01)

"People of Boston are strong like cement. strong people get together when it's needed."

nats pop JAMES TAYLOR

IT WAS NEEDED TODAY, ON THE CAMPUS OF M-I-T..

WHERE MORE THAN 14-THOUSAND GATHERED, JUST A FEW YARDS FROM THE SPOT INVESTIGATORS SAY OFFICER SEAN COLLIER WAS AMBUSHED AND KILLED BY THE BOMBING SUSPECTS..

(sot / Robert Collier - Victim's Brother 1:18 - 1:22)

"Officer Sean Collier we love you. (salutes)

EMOTIONS THAT VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN TOLD THE CROWD.. SEND A STRONG MESSAGE ABOUT COLLIER - AND HIS COMMUNITY..

(sot / Vice President Joe Biden)

"If the purpose of terrorism is to instill fear, you saw none of it here in boston. Boston you sent a powerful message to the world."

ONE THAT CONTINUES TO ECHO.. IN THE WAKE OF THE ATTACK.

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CITY OFFICIALS EXPECT REPAIR WORK TO CONTINUE IN THIS AREA BUT THEY SAY ITS JUST AS IMPORTANT FOR LIFE TO CONTINUE HERE AS WELL.

JAY GRAY NBC NEWS BOSTON.

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