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Guy Norton NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Americans are honoring victims of the Boston marathon bombings.

It was April 15th, 2013 when the popular race was interrupted by explosions and carnage.

WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter talked to a local runner who was there.

On the first anniversary of what’s gone down as the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil since 9/11 the nation remembers the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and the victims.

“We were right there,” runner Guy Norton said.

Tulane University Physics professor Dr. Guy Norton was there and managed to escape unharmed.

“The whole situation could have been so much different, much different,” Norton recounted. “And that was the real attention getter, was oh my gosh how close it could have been.”

Three people were killed when two homemade bombs exploded near the finish line.

Since then Norton says he’s followed developments in the case and progress of the victims.

He’s also stayed in shape and plans to run the marathon again this year.

“I wasn’t going to allow some individuals to prevent me from going and doing events that I want to do,” Norton explained. “And so I was bound and determined to run Boston again.”

He says returning to the city and the scene of a joyous event, turned tragic will help the nation heal.

He commends the many victims expected to participate; some with prosthetic limbs.

“I put in a lot of miles to get ready to run, but to be able to do it in a situation where you have lost a limb and going back out there. That says Boston is strong; comes out loud and clear.”

“My hats off to them, I mean it’s hard enough to run a marathon and to go out and do what these guys and gals are trying to do is just amazing.”