BOSTON -- President Barack Obama declared "there is a piece of Boston in me" as he paid tribute to a city shaken by what he has called an act of terror. He said: "Every one of us stands with you."
Obama addressed an interfaith service in the aftermath of Monday's twin blasts that killed three and injured more 170 people at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Obama said a day of beauty was shattered when a celebration became a tragedy.
He said Boston gathered Tuesday, quote, "to reaffirm that the spirit of this city is undaunted."
He declared: "You will run again!"
Of the perpetrator, he said: "We will find you."
President Barack Obama sought to soothe a nervous nation Thursday and draw attention to those killed and gravely wounded in what he called an "act of terror" at the Boston Marathon.
Americans also looked to the president to offer reassurances about the nation's safety as investigators scrambled to answer key questions about an attack with origins that are yet unknown.
The president was to speak at an interfaith service in Boston honoring the three people killed and 170 injured when a pair of bombs ripped through the crowd gathered Monday afternoon near the finish line of the famous race. Investigators had an image of a potential suspect, though much about what happened remained a mystery, keeping tensions high in Boston and elsewhere around the country.
It was against that backdrop that Obama and his wife, Michelle, arrived in Boston Thursday morning, joining a crowd at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross for a "Healing Our City" service. The Obamas sat at the front of the church next to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick as the service began.
Obama listened from his pew as Boston Mayor Thomas Menino praised the response of his city.
"Nothing will take us down, because we take care of one another," Menino said. "Even with the smell of smoke in the air and blood in the streets and tears in our eyes, we triumphed over that hateful act."
Moments later, Patrick said: "We will grieve our losses and heal. We will rise, and we will endure. We will have accountability without vengeance, vigilance without fear."
White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters traveling with the president on Air Force One that Obama also planned to meet with some of those injured, as well as with the first responders who rushed toward the blast to help the scores of runners and spectators.
First Published April 18, 2013 3:00 PM