Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary: Families Pay Tribute To Victims Ahead Of 2014 Race [PHOTOS]

By @lukeydukey l.villapaz@ibtimes.com on

On Tuesday, families and friends of the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings returned to the site of one of the bomb explosions, for the one year anniversary of the tragic event.

Families and friends gathered to pay tribute to the victims of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, which killed three and injured 264. While elsewhere, Marathon staff and police have been working around the clock in preparation for the annual race, which is expected to host over 35,000 participants from all over the world.

In response to last year’s Boston marathon bombings and the increased number of participants, safety and security measures has been significantly tightened according to the Boston Athletic Association. In addition to the increased police presence throughout the race, observation points and over 100 security cameras have been installed throughout the Boston portion of the marathon.

Participants have also been barred from carrying any backpacks and handbags into any Boston Marathon venue and the start and finish areas. While spectators haven’t been explicitly banned from carrying or bringing large items such as backpacks or strollers, individuals are discouraged from bringing such items and may be subject to search.

Despite the increased security measures and the lingering memories of the tragic events of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, spirits have continued to remain high as participants finish final training regimens and begin to descend on Boston, Mass. for the annual Marathon, which will be held next Monday, on April 21.

Take a closer look at the ceremonies and preparations behind the Boston Marathon in photos below.

Boston Marathon Bombing Anniversary Honor Guard
Boston Fire Department honor guards (R) relieve Cambridge Police honor guards at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Cardinal
Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley (L) joins the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard at the finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Martin Richard's sister Jane (5th R) wipes her face as she stands with her mother Denise (4th R), brother Henry (3rd R) and father Bill (2nd R). Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Governor
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (C) joins the family of Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard at the finish line for a wreath-laying ceremony in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Passers-by
Passers-by watch as families of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims and public officials place a wreath at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Wreath
Denise Richard (2nd R), mother of 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victim Martin Richard, leans over her daughter Jane (3rd R) while standing beside her son Henry during a wreath-laying ceremony at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Bystander
A bystander cries as families of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing victims and public officials place a wreath at the site of the first bomb blast near the finish line in Boston, Massachusetts April 15, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Scarf
A pedestrian walks past a scarf and a traffic sign near the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Bombing Memorial - Wreath Wide
Honor guards stand beside a wreath at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Training - Chorney
David Chorney stretches before a training run for the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 3, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Training - Chorney Stretches
David Chorney (L) stretches before a training run for the Boston Marathon in Boston, Massachusetts, April 3, 2014. Reuters/Brian Snyder
Boston Marathon Training - Jogger
A jogger runs past the Boston skyline in Cambridge, Massachusetts April 15, 2014, on the one year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Runner Training
A runner passes Marathon Sports on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Last year one of two bombs exploded at this site in an attack on the Boston Marathon. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Preparation
Pedestrians look at a marathon banner installation at the Old South Church on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
Boston Marathon Preparation - Finish Line
Workers lay down the official Boston Marathon finish line on Boylston Street in Boston, Massachusetts, April 14, 2014. Reuters/Dominick Reuter
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