The spontaneous memorial that has been part of the Boston Marathon Bombing site since April 16 was taken down today, but the City of Boston allowed the families of those who were injured and killed to come to the site one more time.
At the request of the office of Mayor Tom Menino and the Boston Public Health Commission, the American Red Cross was on hand to offer counsel and refreshments. By the response, both were needed.
Monday night, June 24, more than 100 people were escorted into the site of the memorial at Copley Square. Family members were allowed to take items left for their loved ones, and to read the messages left behind by members of the public. On hand were 12 disaster mental health workers checking in on those who toured the memorial and stayed for the small ceremony under a tent. In the 90+ degree weather, three other Red Crossers were on hand to distribute 300 bottles of iced water and Gatorade.