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The logistical operations and the spontaneous memorialising that followed the bombing of the Boston marathon illustrates how the healing of a city mirrors the healing of a bodily wound. Unlike the body however, the marks left behind may be of the city's own designs, namely in the form of a permanent memorial. A memorial which Sam Valentine argues is now needed to restore dignity to the act of remembrance.

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Without identifiable loci, visitors to Boylston Street, bearing flowers, handwritten notes or other mementos, subtly but uneasily shuffle their feet, unsure where to stand or where to place their tokens of remembrance.

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