Posted by Christina Jedra April 16, 2013 02:29 PM
Boston will come together at Boston Common for a memorial and a show of solidarity today at 6 p.m., one of several vigils and memorials occurring this week in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. The vigil on the Common will take place less than a mile from where the fatal explosions took place yesterday.
According to the Facebook event, the vigil will occur near the Parkman Bandstand from 6-8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to “bring candles, flowers, banners, song lyrics -- whatever feels right for you.” The event description says there will be “no agenda, no speakers, and no nonsense.”
So far, about 3,500 people have been invited, and over 400 indicate they will be there.
"I think the goal for us was just to create a space where people could be together and grieve in whatever way seems appropriate for them,” said one of the vigil organizers, who requested to remain unnamed.
One commenter on the Facebook event page expressed concern over a large group gathering occurring so close to the site of yesterday’s incident. The comment was later deleted.
The organizer confirmed that the organizing group is in contact with the Boston Police Department.
“They’ve thanked us for our sentiment and have not directly advised us against it,” said the organizer.
Gatherings are being held throughout Massachusetts and the country this week, including a candlelight vigil tonight for the family of 8-year-old explosion victim, Martin Richard.
Other vigils and gatherings:
Tuesday, April 16
4 p.m. - Brandeis University, Chapels Pond
5:30 - Somerville, St. James Church
7 p.m. - Duxbury, First Parish Church
7 p.m. - Hingham, St. Paul Parish
8 p.m. - Arlington Street Church
10 p.m. - UMass Amherst, Haigis Mall
Wednesday, April 17
11:10 a.m. - Emerson College, Culter Majestic Theater
12 p.m. - Simmons College, Common Grounds
6:30 p.m. - War Memorial at Newton City Hall
7 p.m. - Natick Common
7 p.m. - Cambridge City Hall
7:30 - Chelmsford Common
Thursday, April 18
7:15 p.m. - Framingham, Memorial Building