Survivors reflect on milestones and the meaning of Boston Strong

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April 15, 2014, 1:50 pm
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(NECN) - Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings spoke at a tribute on the first anniversary of the attack that changed the city forever.

Patrick Downes, who lost his lower left leg in the attack, said he and the other survivors would never wish what happened to them on another person.

"However, we do wish that all of you feel as loved as we have felt over this last year," he said.

Downes, a newlywed, told the more than 2,000 in attendance at the Hynes Convention Center that he's proud of being from Boston because "I am so proud to be connected to all of you."

David Yepez, who suffered head and arm injuries in the blasts, said survivors and Bostonians will continue to move on.

"Although each of our paths to recovery have been unique and we have all traveled at our own pace, we continue to move forward," he said.

His father, Luis, also addressed the survivors.

"President Obama was right. We are all here one year later and we are all Boston Strong. See you on Monday," he said.

Adrianne Haslet-Davis said she's learned that moods are contagious and "it is that Boston Strong attitude that gets us back out."

Haslet-Davis, a dancer who also lost her lower left leg in the bombings, added that she hopes the generosity and support isn't limited to just survivors and the victims' families.

"Let April 15 be a day where we all work together to make this world a better place," she said.

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Tags: Boston Marathon, Boston Marathon bombings, Patrick Downes, Adrianne Haslet Davis, David Yepez, Luis Yepez
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