In the run-​​up to this year’s Boston Marathon, com­mem­o­ra­tions of last year’s bomb­ings and trib­utes to the sur­vivors have been plen­tiful — and a new exhibit at the Boston Public Library may be the most dra­matic memo­rial yet. But plans for a per­ma­nent memo­rial remain unclear.

Bat­tered old run­ning shoes, hand­written notes of sup­port and sym­pathy from around the globe, heartrending photos of Martin Richard, Lu Lingzi, Krystle Camp­bell, and Sean Col­lier — these mementos were left by well-​​wishers after the Boston Marathon bomb­ings, and spent the past few months in the Boston City Archives, shielded from the city’s brutal winter. But now they’re back in the public eye thanks to a new exhibit at the library enti­tled Dear Boston — and Mayor Marty Walsh says it serves an impor­tant purpose.

Last year we were tested, and we this year we still feel grief,” Walsh said. “But what we see here is a tribute to how as a com­mu­nity we come through these tragedies. We turn to each other and offer what­ever we have to give — a helping hand, a word of com­fort, a token of hope.”

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