Gov. Deval Patrick signs ‘Boston Strong’ license plate bill

BOSTON (WPRI) – Days after the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has signed into law a bill establishing “Boston Strong” license plates.

In a statement from the Governor’s office, H.3664, “An Act Relative to a Massachusetts Boston Strong License Plate” creates a plate to memoralize the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. Proceeds from sales of the license plates will be distributed to the One Fund, a non-profit organization that provides financial support to the victims of the attacks.

The bill also stipulates that if the One Fund were to dissolve, proceeds would then go to another non-profit organization that provides support to victims of the bombings.

Representatives from the One Fund Boston said in a statement, “Seeing these plates on the road will help remind us all that we are one community and we are proud to be Boston Strong.”

The 118th Boston Marathon is set to take place this Monday, April 21. 36,000 official participants and close to one million spectators are expected.

Two bombs exploded last April at the Boston Marathon finish line, killing three and injuring dozens. Suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev is awaiting trial on charges relating to the bombings. Participants who were not able to complete the course because of the bombings were invited back for this year’s race.

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