Nearly a week after the Boston Marathon bombings, organizations across the region are holding events to remember and honor the victims and first responders.
Krystle M. Campbell of Arlington, one of the three people killed in the bombings, will be buried Monday.
Visiting hours for Campbell, the 29-year-old Medford native, will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. today at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, 306 Main St. in Medford. Campbell’s funerals scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at the Dello Russo Funeral Home, followed by an 11 a.m. mass in St. Joseph Church, 118 High St., Medford. The services are open to the public, a funeral home employee said.
Greg Epstein, the humanist chaplain at Harvard University, said non-religious communities will hold a memorial service at John F. Kennedy Park outside Harvard Square today at 5 p.m.
Epstein said some members of the group have felt left out of largely religious memorial services, especially the interfaith memorial at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross Thursday which President Obama attended.
“”We've had members of our community that were directly affected, and it felt that we didn’t have a chance to grieve in a normal way,” he said.
The 10 North End religious societies are hosting a procession and candle lighting at 6 p.m. this evening starting in front of Saint Anthony’s Club, 203 Endicott St., and marching to the Paul Revere Mall on Hanover Street.
“We just wanted to do something in remembrance of the victims and the first responders, really,” said Anthony Lopez, a member of the Saint Anthony’s Club entertainment committee. “We just wanted to give people a chance to get together and just share prayers, nice words, stuff like that. Just words of encouragement.”
Democratic US representatives and Senate candidates Edward Markey and Stephen Lynch will join Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy for a service and discussion The Greater Boston Interfaith Organization is hosting at 7 p.m. tonight at Saint Mark Parish, 1725 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester.
The candidates for the 1st Suffolk state Senate seat—state Representatives Linda Dorcena Forry and Nick Collins, blogger Maureen Dahill, and interpreter and translator Joe Ureneck—will also attend, organizers said in a statement.
To mark one week since the bombs exploded on Boylston Street, Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, and the One Fund for Marathon bombing victims urged Massachusetts communities to pause for a minute of silence at 2:50 p.m. Monday. Bells will ring across the state afterward, according to a statement from Menino’s press office.
The St. Anthony Shrine, 100 Arch St. in Boston, will hold an interfaith prayer for the bombings’ first responders Monday at 4:30 p.m.
“The prayer service is to thank the first responders for their unselfish, courageous and compassionate care for the victims, as well as help heal the spiritual wounds of all,” church officials said in a statement.
Boston University will hold a memorial service for Lingzi Lu, the Chinese-born graduate student who died in the bombings, at the Metcalf Ballroom in the George Sherman Union, 775 Commonwealth Ave., Monday at 7 p.m., the university said in a statement.
University officials have set up a scholarship fund in Lu’s memory.