Biden in Boston: 'We Own the Finish Line'

City remembers, as White House observes moment of silence

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 15, 2014 1:49 PM CDT

(Newser) – Boston paused today to mark the one-year anniversary of the marathon bombings, and President Obama was observing a moment of silence at the White House at 2:49pm Eastern. Some quotes from the Boston ceremony, via CNN and AP:

  • Joe Biden: "You are Boston strong. But America is strong," said the VP. "That's what makes us so proud of this city and this state. What makes me so proud to be an American is that we have never, ever yielded to fear. Never."

  • Survivor Patrick Downes: "We would never wish the devastation and pain we have experienced on any of you," said Downes, who lost a leg, as did his new wife. "However, we do wish that all of you, at some point in your lives, feel as loved as we have felt this last year. It has been the most humbling experience of our lives. We hope you feel all the emotion we feel when we say 'thank you.'"
  • Ex-Mayor Thomas Menino: "This day will always be hard, but this place will always be strong."
  • Tom Grilk, Boston Athletic Association: "Next week, we will run again. But on this day, in this place, in remembrance and resolve, we gather as citizens of Boston, Boston strong."

A law enforcement official patrols the area with a dog near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tuesday in Boston. The race runs next Monday.
A law enforcement official patrols the area with a dog near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tuesday in Boston. The race runs next Monday.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
A law enforcement official searches a man near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tuesday.
A law enforcement official searches a man near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Family members of marathon bombing victims are joined by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, right, during a wreath-laying ceremony.
Family members of marathon bombing victims are joined by Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, left, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh, right, during a wreath-laying ceremony.   (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda)
Honor Guard members line up in front of the Forum Restaurant in Copley Square, where a wreath-laying ceremony was held to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Honor Guard members line up in front of the Forum Restaurant in Copley Square, where a wreath-laying ceremony was held to commemorate the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings.   (AP Photo/The Boston Globe, Wendy Maeda)
Police on bikes cycle across the Boston Marathon finish line prior to a remembrance ceremony for family members and survivors Tuesday.
Police on bikes cycle across the Boston Marathon finish line prior to a remembrance ceremony for family members and survivors Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
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