"We finish the race," President Obama told a crowd of survivors, runners, families, and local leaders at an interfaith service in Boston today:
And thatâs what the perpetrators of such senseless violence â these small, stunted individuals who would destroy instead of build, and think somehow that makes them important â thatâs what they donât understand. Our faith in each other, our love for each other, our love for country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences there may be â that is our power. Thatâs our strength.
Thatâs why a bomb canât beat us. Thatâs why we donât hunker down. Thatâs why we donât cower in fear. We carry on. We race. We strive. We build, and we work, and we love â and we raise our kids to do the same. And we come together to celebrate life, and to walk our cities, and to cheer for our teams. When the Sox and Celtics and Patriots or Bruins are champions again â to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans â the crowds will gather and watch a parade go down Boylston Street.
And this time next year, on the third Monday in April, the world will return to this great American city to run harder than ever, and to cheer even louder, for the 118th Boston Marathon. Bet on it.
Watch his full remarks, AFTER THE JUMP…