Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:57 PM
Updated: Apr 18, 2013 6:59 PM
BOSTON - Makeshift memorials are going up near the site of Monday's bomb blasts at the Boston Marathon. Posters, shoes, letters, flowers, t-shirts and many more things adorn guard rails set up near the finish line of the race. Memorials continue to grow as do the crowds near the blast site. Thursday morning thousands came together for an interfaith service with President Obama at the Cathedral of Holy Cross. Thousands of others lined the streets to pay their respects.
The President offered words of encouragement at the service saying the strength and spirit of the victims will help them put their city and lives back together- a sentiment echoed by residents. "I have always felt a strong sense of community here in Boston and I think all this has show an outward display of what we feel," said Meghan Greco at Boylston street. "We all stand together you know. We got each others back", said Boston resident Justin Deshiro.
"I feel I like many others in Boston are grieving at this point for the many people that were injured and the city of Boston and what this event has meant for the world", said Loraine Magrath. Magrath had a T-shirt made in honor of 8-year old Martin Richard- one of three killed in the explosion. It had the words, "no more hurting people" and a piece sign. Magrath says it was inspired by the sign Richard made at school. A picture of Richard holding the sign before his death has since gone viral on the internet.
Other dignitaries at Thursday's interfaith service included Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Three people were killed and more than 180 injured when bombs went off near the finish line of the Boston Marathon Monday afternoon.