Boston Marathon memorial moved to city archives

Posted: 06/25/13 at 12:25 pm EDT      Last Updated: 06/25/13 at 6:21 pm EDT

BOSTON (WHDH) -- The memorial to remember and honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing was moved Tuesday morning.

Many people came to Copley Square to pay their last respects before the memorial was taken down.

“I wanted to see it, I wanted to say a prayer,” said Debra Basile.

Crews carefully moved the flowers, cards, sneakers and more to City Archives.

“I’m trained to deal with documenting tragedies, but its different when it’s in your own town and it’s certainly not something I ever expected I would be doing,” said Marta Crilly, assistant archivist, City of Boston Archives.

Spectators watched as the items were boxed up. Some people took pictures as the makeshift tribute was taken apart.

“It’s sad,” said a teary eyed Kristy Ingeborg. “I just wanted to come down and pay my respects.”

Other visitors said they felt an overwhelming sadness as well.

“It’s kind of sad today that it is being moved. I know a lot of people don’t like it either, but we knew it had to come. So it’s going to be, it’s going to a good spot,” said Boston resident, Kevin Brown.

The items at the memorial will first be dried out and cleaned before ending up at the City Archives.

“It will come to the City Archives to be catalogued and documented and it will be open to the public,” said Crilly.

Parts of the memorial will be available for viewing at the Archives in West Roxbury, but it will be necessary to make an appointment to do so.

Mayor Thomas Menino is setting up a committee to come up with a permanent memorial.

Three people died and over 260 people were injured in the April 15 bombings.

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