WASHINGTON -- President Obama plans to travel to Massachusetts to honor the victims of this week’s bomb attack at the Boston Marathon, the White House announced Tuesday.
The president is canceling Thursday morning meetings at the White House to speak at a Boston interfaith service dedicated to those killed or seriously wounded in the bomb blasts.
Attending such services at times of national tragedy or threat is a regular practice for Obama, who most recently spoke at a memorial for shooting victims in Newtown, Conn. At a 2011 memorial in Tucson for victims of the mass shooting there, Obama spoke of "puddles in heaven" and conjured the image of one young victim playing in them.
On Thursday, Obama will be speaking to the victims and survivors of the bombing and to a country shaken by an act of terrorism that came without warning. As he begins to shape his remarks, the president is focused on the idea of mourning without giving in to terrorism.