"Today is a holiday in Massachusetts -- Patriots’ Day. It’s a day that celebrates the free and fiercely independent spirit that this great American city of Boston has reflected from the earliest days of our nation. And it’s a day that draws the world to Boston’s streets in a spirit of friendly competition. Boston is a tough and resilient town. So are its people. I'm supremely confident that Bostonians will pull together, take care of each other, and move forward as one proud city. And as they do, the American people will be with them every single step of the way."
~President Barack Obama
My heart is with Boston today.
It's with my family and friends who are Boston veterans and newbies alike. You have inspired others as you fought through a brutal winter of training.
Many of you spent weeks fundraising for a cause that has touched your heart and one that fuels your fire.
My heart is also with the runners' support people, whose cheerleading will carry their athletes in love.
It's with the survivors and a city that refused to give up and who refused to give in.
It's with a community who embraces and embodies strength and spirit and love...the true essence of Boston Strong.
I am proud to be from Boston...maybe not within city limits, but certainly within the limits of heart and mind.
Wishing you all a glorious run, full of pride in your own personal best, and joy and camaraderie as one of the millions of Boston Strong.
God bless you all.