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Boston Marathon bombing survivors: 1 year later

Boston Marathon Bombing Survivors: A Year Later

April 15 marks the one-year anniversary of one of the most heartbreaking terrorist attacks on American soil, but the Boston Marathon bombing survivors have spent the year recovering and trying to move on. So where are they now?

Known in Boston as the "comforter-in-chief," Carlos Arredondo, the famous man in the cowboy hat who rushed into action after the bomb went off, has been all over since that tragic day.

And the The New York Times notes by his side every step of the way has been the man he helped during that tragic day, Jeff Bauman.

In the aftermath of the bombings, NBC reports Bauman had both of his legs amputated. But since the attack, he has gained national recognition and become a symbol of strength for the city.

Bauman and Arredondo threw out the first pitch at baseball's most iconic plate in Fenway Park. Bauman has also written a book, "Stronger" which recounts the day of the bombings and his long, arduous recovery.

As for Arredondo, he told WLBZ despite the events of that day, he will be in the exact same place this year during the marathon - cheering at the finish line.

Next are Rebekah and Pete DiMartino, whose love story culminated with a beautiful, free wedding. Both Rebekah and Pete were severely injured during the attacks, but they told Boston Magazine the struggle brought them closer together: "We have a new appreciation for each other and every day."

And Pete showed that appreciation by proposing.

The newly engaged couple entered a contest on wedding website The Knot and on April 4, 2014, were married with all expenses paid.

"I now pronounce you husband and wife."

Dear World reports the 118th annual Boston Marathon is supposed to bring in an estimated 36,000 runners, which is 9,000 more than last year. There is also expected to be a whopping 1 million spectators for the event, twice the usual crowd.

The 2014 Boston Marathon is set for April 21

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bravissisima April 15 2014 at 12:56 PM

The human spirit is truly amazing.

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frankiegale1 April 15 2014 at 12:34 PM

That is the American spirit for ya!! Not just American though; any person who has tasted the wonderful flavor of freedom just keeps on going! From the ashes rises the Phoenix! I pray that if ever I have to face such physical and mental harm..that I have even half the brave souls these folks possess. God bless you all!

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palmereyeassocs April 15 2014 at 12:45 PM

BOSTON STRONG!!!! Love this city and its wonderful people.....my prayers to all who were lost in that horrible day and to the survivors who prove that true spirit cannot be broken. I will love Boston for its resilience forever.

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Jody April 15 2014 at 5:55 PM

Hey Stella! Look--his legs are still blown off!! It wasn't a False Flag!

Stella Trombley, former N.H. State Representative and obvious Tea Partier, insisted that the bombing was a false flag and that Bauman was faking.

Thankfully Stella has since crawled back under a rock and her whereabouts are unknown. Satan must have missed his jester.

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rauleballie April 15 2014 at 5:05 PM

Ok, lets start with if you think that the Boston and 911 bombings where some how government related, I don't even have toilet time for you, as fare as patching up the fool that did this I can only say our country isn't a barbaric and uncaring country... The fella in the cowboy hat is what we are all about and HE IS FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY!!!!! O my, this is what we are and we will never be stopped down. I am so proud of our country for how is showed the world

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tripped49 April 15 2014 at 6:14 PM

It is easy for any one of us to say how much we feel sorry for those who were effected by this tragedy. Those of us need to use their courage and their will to go on as an inspiration to us everyday. So, when your having a bad day or things seem to be not going as planned take a
moment to think about those who suffered in Boston and those who are suffering all around the world as an inspiration to us that no matter how bad life gets, it will still go on and you must go on with it.

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chairepair April 15 2014 at 11:07 PM


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Velocity105 April 15 2014 at 12:11 PM

So sad they had to go through that regardless of how it helped them now. They're still legless, armless, footless for the rest of their lives. If only there was a way to graft new limbs back on to sufferers of these tragedies.

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seethelight2016 Velocity105 April 15 2014 at 12:24 PM

They are crisis actors, they had no legs to begin with.. lost them years ago..

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leinaar April 15 2014 at 12:01 PM

I'm sick of this scam where everytime you click on something you are expected to watch a 30 second video commercial. Surely I can't be the only one.

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doogiedesigns April 15 2014 at 12:38 PM

God bless them every day of their lives. Their courage is teaching everyone else that we can always move forward despite what life has ahead of us and still be happy. Today, it feels like life is real gift from heaven; we can lose it for A, B or C reasons.

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