The Massachusetts House of Representatives, in its first formal session since the Boston Marathon bombing, has paid tribute to the victims and the first responders who saved lives after the attack.
House Speaker Robert DeLeo began Monday’s session at the Statehouse by noting that the tragedy has affected the entire state of Massachusetts, not just Boston and surrounding communities. He said all members of the House regardless of political party are standing together to remember those who died and those who are still recovering from their wounds.
Rep. Byron Rushing, of Boston, led the House in a prayer and the members then rose to sing the National Anthem. They also gave a rousing ovation for a state police sergeant who was there to represent first responders.