Boston honors bombing victims, celebrates survivors

One year ago the Boston Marathon bombings killed three people, injured hundreds of others and left a city in shock. The people of Boston are honoring the victims Tuesday, after 12 hard months of recovery and revival.

The recovery includes preparations for this year's race on Monday. Last year, thousands of people lined this roadway near the finish line when the two bombs exploded and Tuesday, the city will come together to pause and remember the victims, first responders, and others affected by the tragedy.

Vice President Biden will be among those paying tribute during what's expected to be an emotional week. CBS News' Elaine Quijano reported on the memorials from the marathon finish line on Boylston Street, just west of downtown Boston.

Just steps from that finish line, workers rolled out a giant prayer canvas filled with well wishes from across the country -- one of the many tributes honoring the city before next week's marathon takes place under heightened security.

Boston's definition of normal changed forever last year when the race - one of the city's most festive events - ended in tragedy.

Back-to-back bombs ripped through the packed marathon route leaving three people dead - Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, and 8-year-old Martin Richard.

More than 260 others were injured, including at least 16 people who lost limbs.

A flag was raised in their honor Monday at Boston Medical Center, where many of the victims were treated.

Mementos helped Boston heal after marathon bombing
In the days that followed the attacks, Boston's Copley Square was transformed into a memorial. Some of the thousands of items left behind are now on display at the city's public library.

It's another sign that while Boston may still be healing, it's more resilient than ever.

"It brings back, yes the sadness, but also it brings back the strength of everyone bonding together and trying to make everything better," said Massachusetts resident George Kachen. "And again, the spirit of we are strong, the people are strong, this country is strong. I love that."

To see Elaine Quijano's full report, watch the video in the player above