Mayor Walsh permanently declares April 15 as ‘One Boston Day’

Boston Strong forever

Today, Mayor Marty Walsh announced that starting this year, April 15 will officially be known as “One Boston Day.”

Three years ago on April 15, 2013 , the Boston Marathon bombings took place which killed three people and injured many others. At 2:49 pm on Friday, the city will have a moment of silence to mark the anniversary of the bombings with church bells ringing throughout the city.

Mayor Walsh said: “April 15 is a date that has come to stand for our city’s deepest values, and we continue to be amazed by the spirit of the day, in the City, and around the world.”

He added: “I am proud to sign this proclamation so that every April 15 we are inspired to come together to honor the bravery, the resolve and the unity of the City by reaching out, helping those in need, committing random acts of kindness.”

On One Boston Day, the city will be collecting items for residents in Flint, Michigan. The Mayor of Flint, Karen Weaver, said her city needs pre-mixed baby formula, baby wipes, and hand sanitizer. Donations will be accepted at City Hall, all Boston Centers for Youth & Families, all fire and police stations, and at public libraries in the city.

The city will also collect used adult sneakers for homeless men and women for St. Francis House on Friday. Large collection boxes will be located on the third floor of City Hall. On Friday, a collection box will be at the Marathon Jumbotron on the corner of Exeter and Boylston Streets from 11 am to 2 pm.

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