BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) -- The Dorchester community joined together to remember the 8-year-old victim of the Boston Marathon bombings at the baseball field where he used to play.
Friends and neighbors of 8-year-old Martin Richard honored his life Saturday in an emotional ceremony held during Savin Hill Little League's opening day. American flags lined the field as one hanging from a fire engine ladder flew high over the field.
Martin, who was laid to rest in a private ceremony Tuesday, would have donned his #8 jersey as a Savin Hill Little League player. His number was painted in the outfield and screen-printed on the back of shirts worn by firefighters who attended opening day. The front of the firefighters' shirts read, "We are Martin's firefighters."
Saturday's ceremony was the community's homage to a young boy whose message of peace resonated worldwide after he was killed near the finish line of the Boston Marathon April 16. A photo of Martin holding a sign that said, "No more hurting people. Peace," became the inspiration for signs held at vigils throughout the country and posted at a makeshift memorial on Boylston Street.
The Neighborhood House Charter School is raising funds to establish a scholarship and build a "peace garden" in honor of Martin. The 8-year-old was a third grade student at the school. His sister is a first-grader at the school and his mother is the school's librarian. Both of them were also injured in the bombings.