13 Days: Snapshots from 'Dear Boston'

April, 9, 2014
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In the 26 days leading up to the Boston Marathon on April 21, ESPNBoston.com will share inspiring stories, detail important logistics and go inside the planning for what promises to be an event like no other in the wake of last year's bombings. There are 13 days until the race.

The Boston Public Library on Monday opened the "Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial" exhibition, a selection of items from the makeshift memorial that sprung up on Boylston Street last year in the wake of the marathon bombings.

The exhibit will be on display through May 11. Here's a selection of photos from Monday's opening:

Dear Boston Marathon display AP Photo/Elise AmendolaRita Dehner walks through the 'Dear Boston' exhibit at the Boston Public Library.

Boston Marathon memorial Darren McCollester/Getty Images

Dear Boston Marathon display, running shoesAP Photo/Elise AmendolaRunning shoes that were left at the makeshift memorial are on display.

Boston Marathon MemorialAP Photo/Elise AmendolaA carpenter, Kevin Brown constructed the cross that is displayed for fallen MIT police officer Sean Collier. The other crosses are for those killed in the marathon bombings: Krystle Campbell, Lu Lingzi and Martin Richard.

Kevin BrownAP Photo/Elise Amendola

Marathon MemorialDarren McCollester/Getty Images

Marathon MemorialAP Photo/Elise AmendolaA woman hangs a tag on a message tree at the 'Dear Boston' exhibit.

Marathon TributeDarren McCollester/Getty Images

Marathon MemorialDarren McCollester/Getty Images Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh and U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward Markey were at the exhibit's opening.

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