Today, just one year after the bombings at the Boston Marathon that claimed the lives of 3 people and injured over 200 others, thousands gathered with Vice Presidents Joe Biden and Boston city leaders to honor and pay tribute to those who lost their lives and the injured, but to also send a clear message that Boston is strong.
At the finish line a moment of silence, church bells ringing loud and clear, a single American flag raised high and proud under the veil of steady rain where last year two homemade bombs turned a day of excitement and celebration into what is now considered the worst and deadliest act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11, the proud citizens of Boston stood united.
"You have become the face of America's resolve for the whole world to see," Vice President Biden told the crowd "So much has been taken from you, but you never, never have given up," he said. "America will never, ever, ever stand down........We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome and we own the finish line."
From start to finish the ceremony delivered a one two punch to acts of terrorism that are designed to make us afraid and live in fear. It sent a clear message that we will not cower or hide in fear. We will always stand tall and we will always carry on.
In a written statement from President Barack Obama said "Four innocent people were killed that week, and hundreds more were wounded. Today, we remember Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier. And we send our thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover...." he went on to say "One year later, we also stand in awe of the men and women who continue to inspire us -- learning to stand, walk, dance and run again. With each new step our country is moved by the resilience of a community and a city. And when the sun rises over Boylston Street next Monday -- Patriot's Day -- hundreds of thousands will come together to show the world the meaning of Boston Strong as a city chooses to run again."
Last year Kevin White had shrapnel through his legs "Last year, I was on the ground at the finish line. This year, I'll be running across it. he said His pops, 71 lost one of his legs "It kind of proves to people that evil isn't going to win."
As Americans we know that evil can strike out to attack us at any given time, we know it can hurt us, but we also know it will never break us, it will never cause us to forget just how strong we truly are and just how great this country truly is. Next week more than 9,000 more runners will participate in the Boston Marathon sending a clear message to the world that Boston is running again, we are Boston, and the United States is "Boston Strong"