Nightly News   |  April 21, 2013

Bostonians take back their city

The city that started the American Revolution is proving its strength by simply moving forward. NBC’s Katie Tur reports.

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>>> finally tonight, a city living up to its new rallying cry -- boston strong. it was seen and heard all over boston today as the city emerged from one of its darkest chapters. nbc's katie terr has more tonight.

>> reporter: sunday in boston , faneuil hall is filled with music.

>> reporter: newbury street lined with shoppers and boston common only do days ago deserted is now filled with children.

>> it felt like an infusion of 60,000 people came in overnight.

>> reporter: the city that started the american revolution proving its strength by simply moving forward.

>> you don't mess with boston . it is a very, very resilient town. people here -- life will go on.

>> reporter: judy and susan, both nurses, came to the edge of boylston street came to lay flowers.

>> i know what the injuries were and i hahad to come down and see it for myself.

>> reporter: in boston the big signs of support have been just as important as little ones. free hugs on boylston street .

>> yeah, boston -- woo!

>> reporter: memorials both temporary and permanent.

>> see how great the community is getting behind you girls?

>> reporter: sim gal gestures surpassing the wildest expectations. these girls baked brownies well past their bed times to raise money for people they never met -- the family of 8-year-old martin richard. so far they raised $5,000. today they delivered cookies to boston 's finest. sglits's great that they helped and i really wanted to thank them.

>> reporter: boston strong, wicked strong, we are one boston .

>> feel like a firefighter i'm getting so much love. all right?

>> this is boston . my home. i'll never turn my back on it. you know?

>> reporter: katie terr, nbc news, boston .