Yesterday marked the 10th year since the 9/11 attacks. In Boston, the day began with Mayor Menino placing a wreath on the 9/11 memorial in the Public Garden. It was a touching ceremony from beginning to end. Nearly 3,000 flags were planted prior to the commemoration, to honor the memory of each life lost. The color guard marched through the garden and formed an arch around the crowd. Weeping family members were invited to leave flowers on the monument following the placement of the wreathe by the Mayor and 17-year-old Nicholas Walsh, who lost his aunt to the attacks. After the formal ceremony the monument opened once more to the public. Volunteers provided graphite and paper for name etching and also gave Bostonians an opportunity to write letters to the families affected by the attacks. Letters began, “To a family I’ve never met” and contained messages of love and hope. Guards remained posted at the memorial throughout the day.