Navy honors Marathon bombing responders, victims
BOSTON (AP) — Almost 400 emergency workers who responded to the Boston Marathon bombings and investigation have been honored aboard Navy’s historic USS Constitution.
Tuesday’s cruise in Boston Harbor also marked the anniversary of the Navy’s Battle of Midway victory in World War II.
The bombing victims were remembered with a moment of silence, playing of “Taps” and a wreath-laying. The Constitution fired a 21-gun salute at its turnaround point off Castle Island.
One of those aboard, Frank Mastrangelo of Shirley, told The Boston Globe the bombings brought emergency workers closer together. Mastrangelo was captain of the finish line area’s medical suite team.
Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau, who assisted in the manhunt for the suspects, said being with others on the cruise was “very moving.”
The 215-year-old Constitution, berthed at Charlestown Navy Yard, is the oldest commissioned warship afloat.