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President Barack Obama in Boston: ‘Every one of us stands with you’

04.18.13 at 1:19 pm ET

President Barack Obama attended an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston on Thursday and delivered an inspirational speech to residents still healing from Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing.

“I’m here today on behalf of the American people with a simple message: Every one of us has been touched by this attack on your beloved city. Every one of us stands with you,” Obama said. “Boston may be your hometown, but we claim it, too. Boston, you’re my home. For millions of us, what happened on Monday is personal.”

Obama said the city has sent a strong message to the rest of the country.

“This doesn’€™t stop us,” he said. “And that’€™s what you’€™ve taught us, Boston. That’€™s what you’€™ve reminded us — to push, to not grow weary, to not get faint, even when it hurts. We finish the race. And we do that because of who we are, and we do that because we know that somewhere around the bend, a stranger has a cup of water. Around the bend, somebody’€™s there to boost our spirits. On that toughest mile, just when we think we’€™ve hit a wall, someone will be there to cheer us on and pick up.”

Added Obama: “When the Sox, the Celtics, the Patriots, the Bruins are champions again — to the chagrin of New York and Chicago fans — 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!”

As for the perpetrators of the attack, Obama promised retribution.

“Yes, we will find you,” he said. “And, yes, you will face justice. We will find you. We will hold you accountable, but, more than that, our fidelity to our way of life, to a free and open society, will only grow stronger — for God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity but one of power and love and self discipline.”

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