Boston sets ‘random acts of kindness’ day to mark marathon bombing

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BOSTON – Mayor Marty Walsh unveiled the 2016 Boston Marathon street banners at Marathon Sports on Boylston Street Friday, taking the occasion to announce the second annual “One Boston Day” celebration of the city’s resilience, generosity and strength.

The commemoration is designed to provide an opportunity to recognize good in the community and the strong spirit exemplified in the response to the April 15, 2013, bombing near the marathon finish line, which killed three and wounded more than 260 people.

“April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values, and last year we were amazed by the spirit of the day, in the city, and around the world,” Walsh said in the announcement. “I hope everyone can mark this day in a way that is appropriate and inclusive for each of our experiences.”

“One Boston Day” encourages random acts of kindness and spreading goodwill. A website set up by the city,, provides a way for participants to share their plans for the day, along with the hashtag, #OneBostonDay.