Transcription of Obama's Speech at the Interfaith Memorial Service in Boston (by Neil Hanlon)

Lightly edited and formated

Hello Boston

Scripture tells us.. to run with endurance, the race that is set before us

On Monday morning, the sun rose over Boston

The sunlight glistened off the statehouse dome.

In the common, public garden, spring was in bloom.

and this patriots day, fans jumped onto the T to see the Sox at Fenway

In hopkinton, runners laced up their shows .. went on a 26.2 mile test

thousands lined the streets to hand out cups of water, and cheer them on

it was a beautiful day to be in boston

... why this town is not just the capital

"Boston .. is the perfect state of grace"

and then in an instant, the day's beauty was shattered

a celebration became a tragedy

and so we come together to mourn, and measure our loss

but we also come together today.. to reclaim our state of grace

to affirm that the spirit is undaunted.

to gov. patrick, menino, o'malley, faith leaders, romney, congress members, families of boston: We thank you for your leadership, courage, grace.

I'm here on behalf of the am people witha simple message

every one of us has been touched by this attack

everyone stands with you

after all, it's our beloved city too

it may be your hometown, but we claim it too

it's one of the worlds great, iconic cities

Boston opens it's heart to the world.

again and again, welcomed immigrants to our shores

every fall, you welcome students from across america, globe -- every spring you graduate them back into the world.

year after year, you welcome the greatest talents in the arts in science, research, to concert halls, laboratories; to exchange ideas and insights that draw this world together

and, every third monday in April, you welcome people all around the world to the hub; friendship, fellowship, healthy competition

A gathering of people from every faith, religion, size, shape

a multitude represented by the flags flying over the finish line

whether folks come to Boston for a day, or for years -- they leave with a piece of the town tucked firmly in their hearts.

Boston is your hometown, but we claim a piece of it, too.

I know this because there's a piece of Boston in me.

You welcomed me as a young law student, across the river -- you welcome michelle too

you welcomed me during a convention when I was a senator.

Like you, Michelle and I have walked these streets, we know these neighborhoods; in this moment of grief we join you in saying "Boston, you're our home"

For us, what happened on Monday is personal

Today our prayers are with the Cambell Family of Medford.

Their daughter, Kristen, was always smiling.

With her red hair and freckles, and willingness to speak her mind, she was loved

as her mother said, through her tears, "This doesn't make any sense"

Our prayers are with the Lu family of China

They sent her to BU to experience all the city had to offer.

In the heartache across the ocean ...

our prayers are with the richard family of Dorchester

Our hearts are broken for eight year old martin, with his bright smile and big eyes

His last moments were as perfect as an 8y/o could hope for.

With his family, eating ice cream

left w/ two images of him -- watching his beloved bruins, and his message on a blue poster board.

"No more hurting people -- Peace"

Our prayers are with the injured.

Some may be watching us here today

know this: Your city, country, commonwealth is with you as you learn to stand, walk, and run agian. Of that I have no doubt, you will run again.

because that's what the people of Boston are made of

your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whomever commited this heinous act

if they sought to intimidate us, to shake us from the values that we have been described

It's pretty clear now that they picked the wrong city.

Not here in Boston.

Not here in Boston

You shown us boston, that in the face of evil, americans will lift up what's good

in the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion

in the face of .. we will choose to save and heal and comfort

we choose friendship, we choose love

the scripture teachers us; "God has not given us fear and timidity. But of love and self discipline"

and that's the spirit you've displayed in recent days

doctors and nurses, emts, guardsmen; run towards the explosion to treat the victims.

that's discipline

when runners, and soldiers, become first reponders themselves -- that's real power

when bostonians carry victims in their arms, give water, donate blood, open their homes, give rides -- that's love

that's the message we send to those who carry this out -- those who would do harm to our people

yes, we will find you. and yes, you will face justice

We will find you, we will hold you accoutnable. more than that, our fidelity to our free and open society, will only grow stronger.

god has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity. but one of power, and love, and self discipline

like 78 y/o runner, we may be knocked off our feet -- but we will pick ourselves up, we will keep going, we will finish the race

in the words of dick hoyt: "We can't let something like this stop us. This doesn't stop us"

that's what you've taught us boston -- to push on, to persevere, to not grow weary, to not get faint, even when it hurts, even when our heart aches -- we summon the strength that we didn't even know we had

we carry on, we finish the race

we do that because of who we are, and we do that because we know that somewhere around the bend, a strnager has a cup of water

somebody's there to boost our spirits

at that toughest mile, someone will be there to pick us up, cheer us on, if we fall.

we know that

and that's what the perpetrators of such senseless violence... don't understand

our faith in e/o, our love for each other, country; our common creed -- that is our power, our strength.

that's why a bomb can't beat us

that's why we don't hunker down, why we don't cower in fea

we race, we carry on, we come together to celebrate life, and cheer for our teams and city.

This time next year, the world will come back and cheer and run louder than ever for the 118th Boston marathon

bet on it

Tomorrow, the sun will rise over boston

will rise over the country that we love

this special place

this state of grace

scripture tells us to "run with endurance the race that is set before us"

as we do, may god hold close those who have been taken from us too soon.

may he comfort their families, and continue to watch over, these united states of america

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