Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has asked residents across the state to observe a moment of silence at 2:50 pm EST Monday–the time when the first of two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon one week ago.
Word spread to the nation’s capital: President Obama will join in the tribute honoring the more than 170 injured and three killed in last Monday’s blasts, as will the U.S. Senate.
Boston-area radio stations also planned to go silent at 2:50 pm. After the one-minute observance, church bells will ring across Boston and elsewhere in Massachusetts.
Gov. Patrick will join Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Timothy Murray, Speaker Robert DeLeo, Attorney General Martha Coakley, Treasurer Steven Grossman, elected officials, and state employees to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on the steps of the State House in Boston.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino will observe the moment of silence in Dorchester, Mass.’s Peabody Square—the neighborhood of 8-year-old bombing victim Martin Richard.
In Watertown, Mass.—where Friday’s manhunt came to a dramatic end—police officers will pay their respects by the U.S. and Watertown flags at half-staff outside the local police station. And at U-Mass Dartmouth, where suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was a student, the campus will observe a moment of silence followed by a vigil at the university’s bell tower at 5 pm Monday night.
On Sunday, thousands of runners at the London Marathon honored the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings with a 30-second moment of silence.