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BostonStrong_360_229This past week has been traumatic and emotional for the city of Boston and its residents, but it has also brought out the best in people who have come together with hope and compassion to heal the city.

As President Obama said during his visit Thursday, as we begin “this long journey of recovery, your city is with you. Your Commonwealth is with you. Your country is with you.”

I want to thank everyone at HHS for joining together and contributing to these efforts. Several of our agencies assisted with crisis response and contributed to public health needs. Employees have staffed Family Access Centers and assisted hospitals with their efforts to coordinate care for the injured.

I also want to thank our employees from the greater Boston area for staying in their homes on Friday, which helped law enforcement do their jobs and bring resolution to this tragedy.

Today, Governor Patrick, Mayor Menino and One Fund Boston are leading a moment of silence, exactly one week following the Boston Marathon bombings. The minute of silence will take place at 2:50 p.m. to honor the victims of the attacks and their families. It will be followed by the ringing of bells throughout Boston and the Commonwealth. I hope all HHS offices and employees can participate. If you would like to make a donation to help the victims and their families, you can visit

Thank you,

John Polanowicz


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