State, nation to honor Boston Marathon victims with moment of silence at 2:50 p.m.


The White House says President Barack Obama will observe a moment of silence Monday to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Obama will pay tribute to the victims at 2:50 p.m. Monday, the time the first of two bombs exploded last week near the marathon finish line. The president will mark the moment privately at the White House, with no press coverage.

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick has also asked his state's residents to observe a moment of silence Monday afternoon. Bells will toll across the state after the minute-long tribute to the victims.

Locally, other gatherings were announced to mark the moment of silence.

Students and staff at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Adams will observe a moment of prayer and silence at 2:50 p.m., according to Principal Janet Tremblay.

An hour-long service also is planned at 2:30 p.m. at Saint Michael's Cathedral, 254 State St., in Springfield, according to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield.


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