“I want to take a moment to say that our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Boston. My husband continues to monitor the situation, and he has directed the full resources of the federal government to assist state and local authorities as they investigate this horrific act.
And what happened on Monday was a reminder that in times of crisis, here in America we respond with courage, and grit, and selflessness. That’s exactly what we saw from the people of Boston, and from all those who rushed to aid the victims, especially the police officers and firefighters, the first responders, and our men and women in uniform.
And that is the spirit of Boston, but it is also the spirit of this country. And in many ways, that’s the spirit of service and sacrifice that we are here to honor today.”
Thursday, April 11 @ 11:00 AM ET
President Obama attends and delivers remarks at “Healing Our City: An Interfaith Service” dedicated to those who were wounded or killed in Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.
First Lady Michelle Obama also attends
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA
Healing Our City
An Interfaith Service
April 18, 2013
Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Boston, MA
Order of Service
10:30 AM ET
Music: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Welcome & Opening Prayer: Reverend Liz Walker,
Roxbury Presbyterian Church
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, Brookline
Prayer & Reflection:
Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
Music: “My Life Flows on in Endless Song”
Reverend Nancy S. Taylor,
Senior Minister & CEO, Old South Church, Boston
Reading from Psalm 147:3
Rabbi Ronne Friedman,
Senior Rabbi Temple Israel, Boston
Nasser S. Wedaddy,
Chair of the New England Interfaith Council
Civil Rights Outreach Director, American Islamic Congress
Reverend Roberto Miranda,
Senior Pastor, Congregación León de Judá, Roxbury
Music: Boston Children’s Chorus, “Up to the Mountain”
Gospel Reading from Matthew 5:1-12
Bishop John M. Borders III,
Senior Pastor, Morning Star Baptist Church, Mattapan
Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Musical selection performed by Yo-Yo Ma
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick
President Barack H. Obama
Closing Blessing: Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Music: “America the Beautiful”
Streamed Live: http://www.whitehouse.gov/live
Weekly Address: America Stands with the City of Boston
Remarks of President Barack Obama
The White House
April 20, 2013
On Monday, an act of terror wounded dozens and killed three innocent people at the Boston Marathon.
But in the days since, the world has witnessed one sure and steadfast truth: Americans refuse to be terrorized.
Ultimately, that’s what we’ll remember from this week. That’s what will remain. Stories of heroism and kindness; resolve and resilience; generosity and love.
The brave first responders – police officers, firefighters, EMTs, and National Guard – who ran toward danger to help their fellow citizens.
The race volunteers, spectators, and exhausted runners who rushed to help, including troops and veterans who never expected to see such scenes on the streets of America.
The determined doctors and nurses at some of the world’s best hospitals, who have toiled day and night to save so many lives.
The big-hearted people of Boston – residents, priests, shopkeepers – who carried victims in their arms; delivered water and blankets; lined up to give blood; opened their homes to total strangers.
And the heroic federal agents and police officers who worked together throughout the week, often at great risk to themselves, to keep our communities safe. As a country, we are eternally grateful for the profound sacrifices they make in the line of duty – sometimes making the ultimate sacrifice to defend the people they’ve sworn to protect.
If anyone wants to know who we are; what America is; how we respond to evil and terror – that’s it. Selflessly. Compassionately. And unafraid.
Through days that would test even the sturdiest of souls, Boston’s spirit remains undaunted. America’s spirit remains undimmed. Our faith in each other, our love for this country, our common creed that cuts across whatever superficial differences we may have – that’s what makes us strong. That’s why we endure.
In the days to come, we will remain vigilant as a nation. And I have no doubt the city of Boston and its surrounding communities will continue to respond in the same proud and heroic way that they have thus far – and their fellow Americans will be right there with them every step of the way. May God bless the people of Boston and the United States of America.
April 22, 2013 2:50 PM ET
Boston observes moment of silence Bells across Boston rung as the city pauses to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.