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Emotions running high in Boston

Boston continues strong one year later
Boston Harbor Hotel

This week begins the start of a period of remembrance in Boston, filled with sadness, but also with pride. It's a year this week since the Boston Marathon when bombings shocked and horrified a city and the nation, and the pulling together that resulted in Boston Strong began.

The city came together, and once again this week and next, remembers those hurt and those whose lives were taken on that single day that fused the resolve of residents to help one another and to rebuild.

Today, the sense of community has never been stronger. This week, which began with Passover, the commemoration of the Jews escape from bondage in ancient Egypt, will move into the Easter weekend and Marathon Monday. Restaurants across the city are gearing up for a weekend of runners, tourists, and locals, with the Greater Convention & Visitors Bureau anticipating an economic impact of $176 million from Marathon visitor spending, kicking off the Spring tourism season.

Symbolic of the pre-Easter, pre-Marathon activity, Boston Harbor Hotel, unveiled a Boston Strong flag this week under its iconic arch in honor of Marathon runners. "It really encompasses the remembrance, yet strength and pride that we are all feeling today," a spokesman declares.

On Easter Sunday, the hotel's traditional Easter Brunch takes place, this year serving as a "fueling feast for runners, with special carb-centered stations." The Easter Bunny will also make his usual appearance.

Easter Brunch in the Atlantic Room features an expansive selection of seasonal and creative brunch fare including seafood, miniature salad and cheese stations; made-to-order omelets; Easter Maple Glazed Bone-in Ham; Strawberry Ricotta Pancakes with Vermont Maple Syrup; carving stations; and an array of desserts.

Served from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the brunch is $90 for adults and $45 for children 10 and under. Children 3 and under are complimentary. Call 617-439-3995 for reservations.