BOSTON (WGGB) — At Thursday’s interfaith service, Governor Deval Patrick said that the Commonwealth will persevere past the bombings along the Marathon route.
Patrick says that his faith traditions “teaches that, in everything, give thanks.”
“That is not always easy to do. On Monday afternoon, I was not feeling. What I felt was what so many of us felt. That was shock, and confusion, and anger.”
The Governor added that over the course of the last few days, he has returned “to the lessons, even if they don’t make sense, when they defy logic.”
“As I returned to those lessons this week, I found a few things to be thankful for. I am thankful for the firefighters, and police officers, and EMTs who ran toward the blast, not knowing whether the attack was over, and the volunteers and other civilians who ran up to help right along side them.”
Patrick also thanked the countless medical personnel at the marathon route and at the hospitals, “all of them whom performed at their very best.”
The Governor went on to remember those killed and injured on Monday: “I’m thankful for the lives of Krystle and Lingzi and little Martin, and for the lives of the families who survive them, and for the lives of all the people hurt but who still woke up today with the hope of tomorrow.”
“I am thankful, maybe most especially, for the countless numbers of people in this proud City and this storied Commonwealth, who, in the aftermath of such senseless violence, let their first instinct be kindness,” Patrick noted.
In conclusion, Patrick exclaimed that “We will recover and repair. We will grieve our losses and heal. We will rise, and we will endure.”
You can watch the Governor’s entire remarks on wggb.com.