Senators Elizabeth Warren and William “Mo” Cowan delivered speeches on the Senate floor this afternoon to memorialize the victims of Monday’s attack at the Boston Marathon, while Secretary of State John F. Kerry spoke about the bombing during a hearing this morning at the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
All three state officials spoke of how the people of Massachusetts would mourn but would be buoyed by the nation’s support and not cowed by the perpetrators.
The state’s full delegation of nine representatives and two senators also introduced a resolution that “condemns the senseless attacks in Boston, Massachusetts, on Monday, April 15, 2013,” and “commits to working together as united Americans to bring the perpetrator or perpetrators of the attacks to justice.” It also recognizes the first responders.
Kerry, in his remarks, choked up while talking about the granddaughter of a longtime friend political supporter “fighting to keep both of her legs.”
“It’s impossible for me to express my sadness and my anger,” Kerry said. “It’s just hard to believe that a Patriots Day holiday which is normally such a time of festivities turned into to bloody mayhem.”
But “Boston is not going to be intimidated by this,” he added.
Cowan noted that 8-year-old Martin Richard, who died in the blast, was the same age as his own son, and promised that “we will identify who did this and we will bring them to justice.”
Warren, making her maiden speech, spoke about all three of the dead and the many other victims, promising that their families would not be alone as they struggle to move on.
“Here today, and in the days and weeks ahead, wherever we are, we will grieve together, hurt together, and pray together,” she said.
She also spoke about the first responders and ordinary people who rose to help others.
“There was the man who realized that spectators would be trapped by the barricades, and started to remove them, only to be hit by the second blast,” she said. “Bandaged and burned, he told me yesterday that he was glad, not because he lived, but because he helped.”
Warren singled out the solidarity expressed by others around the nation and the world that began as Monday’s events unfolded.
“Across this nation, whether on Facebook or people finder, on Monday, the whole country was connected to Boston” she said.
“Our city, our Commonwealth, and our country have been through a grim ordeal,” she added. “We have seen terror before. But we will not be afraid, and we will not let it change us. Bostonians are tough. We are fighters and we will not be broken.”Noah Bierman can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @noahbierman.