President Barack Obama attended an interfaith healing service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston today (April 18, 2013), for victims of Monday’s Boston Marathon explosions.
Commending the first responders, marathon runners and those at the scene and around the city of Boston who rose to the occasion and offered their assistance in the wake of the bombings, Mr. Obama on Tuesday offered as both a comforting hand to those shaken by the tragedy as well as a cautioning resolution to the threatening ethereal: “If you want to know who we are, what America is, how we respond to evil, that’s it -selflessly, compassionately, unafraid.”
“Every one of us has been touched by this attack on this beloved city. It is our beloved city too,” he said.
Obama gave an upbeat and uplifting speech about the inability of the marathon bombings to disrupt or destroy the spirit of the country.
“That’s why a bomb can’t beat us. That’s why we don’t hunker down. That’s why we don’t cower in fear,” he said at the peak of his speech, during an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. “We carry on. We race. We strive. We build and we work and we love.”
“You will run again. Because that is what the people of Boston are made of. Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act,” he told the crowd, which interrupted his address several times with standing ovations.
Watch video from Wednesday’s NHL game between the hometown Bruins and visiting Buffalo Sabres marked the first major sporting event in Boston since Monday’s deadly bombings at the Boston Marathon. The crowd over powers singer Rene Rancourt for a powerful rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner.”