Biden to Boston: ‘America Will Never, Ever, Ever Stand Down’
"It's written not just in the brave men and women we've honor honored today in uniform but it's anchored in the undaunting courage and uncommon resolve of ordinary Americans. That's the incredible thing about America. We teach our children this in schools, that these are qualities engrained in our national character, stamped into our DNA. They animate our national identity and they continue to define who we are. At last year's marathon, the whole world witnessed ordinary citizens, ordinary citizens doing extraordinary things. Shopkeepers delivering blankets and water and doctors running through the finish line to the hospital to care for the people who have been wounded. Residents and store owners opening their doors to folks for shelter. And what has become an iconic photograph, is Carlos, Carlos in his cowboy hat, pushing Jeff Bauman off the scene after having broke both legs. That photograph, that picture, is hanging on walls around the world. Carlos did what you Bostonians do and Americans do. Carlos ran to him rather than from him. The normal human instinct is to run from, not to. He wasn't a firefighter or trained medic. He wasn't a police officer. But yet he instinctively he ran to. That's what Bostonians do, that's what Bostonians did, that's what the whole world saw. That's what America does. And next Monday, on patriot's day, when I'm told up to 36,000 people line up to start the marathon, you will send a resounding message around the world -- not just to the rest of the world but to the terrorists -- that we will never yield. We will never cower America. America will never ever, ever stand down. We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome and we own the finish line. God bless you all and may god protect our troops."