BOSTON (State House News Service) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday joined those remembering the bombing attacks on the Boston Marathon one year ago today, which killed four people and injured hundreds more.
Obama released a statement remembering Krystle Campbell, Lingzi Lu, Martin Richard, and Sean Collier and sending his “thoughts and prayers to those still struggling to recover.”
The president said, “We also know that the most vivid images from that day were not of smoke and chaos, but of compassion, kindness and strength: A man in a cowboy hat helping a wounded stranger out of harm’s way; runners embracing loved ones, and each other; an EMT carrying a spectator to safety. Today, we recognize the incredible courage and leadership of so many Bostonians in the wake of unspeakable tragedy. And we offer our deepest gratitude to the courageous firefighters, police officers, medical professionals, runners and spectators who, in an instant, displayed the spirit Boston was built on – perseverance, freedom and love. 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.”
The next running of the Boston Marathon is set for Monday, April 21.