Biden: 'We own the finish line'

Vice President BidenJoe BidenWarren calls for US to support ceasefire between Israel and Hamas UN secretary general 'deeply disturbed' by Israeli strike on high rise that housed media outlets Nation's largest nurses union condemns new CDC guidance on masks MORE on Tuesday said the survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing are living proof the United States will never yield to terrorism.

Biden said the estimated 36,000 runners slated to participate in the marathon on Monday will send a message about the strength of the city, and the country more broadly.


"Not just to the rest of the world, but to the terrorists," Biden said. "That we will never yield, we will never cower. 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."

Biden spoke at a tribute for the victims of the bombings at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on Tuesday. The explosions a year ago Tuesday killed three people and injured hundreds more — the result of two bombs made from pressure cookers loaded with shrapnel.

From experience, Biden noted anniversaries are "bittersweet" moments for the family of the victims. But he said they could take some solace that they are an inspiration to people across the world.

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