Scully reminded them of those who were lost in last year's bombings and those who continue to struggle with post-traumatic stress and physical limitations.
"The response of many that Marathon day is reminiscent of the people in 1775 who began the first battle for freedom at Lexington and Concord," Scully said. "Today we all join hands to defend the freedoms we enjoy as citizens of this great country."
Yesterday's guests included Boston Marathon runners Tim Carven, a physical education teacher, and long-time runners Sharon Yu and Jim Laprel, whose run in the Boston Marathon for over four decades. Laprel, 60, told the crowd that he and members of his Hillie track team went to see a Red Sox game years ago when he decided to watch the end of the Marathon. He said it inspired him to want to be part of it as well.
Senior Ryan Connolly addressed her fellow classmates with a speech about Hillie pride, while senior Aisha Chodat read a poem she wrote about her feelings about Boston and last year's events.
Rogers said he drew inspiration for his design from walking the school grounds and recognizing the changes that have taken place since he attended the school, most notably a total renovation of the building and grounds.
"It looks like a great, modern and current place," Rogers said about the school.
"Mr. Scully gave me the freedom to put my own creative stamp on the piece," Rogers added. "As a sculptor, one of my beliefs is you need to give back to the community. This is something I've wanted to do for years."
Andrew Talbot, lead welder at Dale Rogers Studio in Ward Hill, did all of the welding and finish work for the sculpture after Rogers created the layout and design and cut out each metal piece. It took about nine months of planning, designing and building to complete the piece.