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(NECN: Peter Howe, Boston) - Sixteen days after Boston was stunned – and 3 people killed and 260 wounded – by the Boston Marathon bombings, Mayor Thomas M. Menino Wednesday had one of his first public opportunities to reflect at length on how the city’s responded to the ordeal.
Menino was the scheduled speaker at the city’s pre-eminent business venue, the Boston College Chief Executives Club, meeting at the Boston Harbor Hotel – right as the arrests of three men, friends with the accused second bomber, and their arraignment on charges of obstructing justice and lying to federal authorities about their interactions with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the days after the April 15 bombings.
"Greatness didn’t arrive these past two weeks. It was already there," Menino said. "This city was knocked down, and we stood right up and got right back up on our feet quickly."
Menino also marveled at how OneFundBoston.org has raised more than $27 million, much of it from Greater Boston businesses. "Corporations sent more than $20 million to the One Fund. It wasn't the first $20 million they put into our community. Let me just say, as mayor for the last twenty years: I’m the luckiest guy in the world. I have the best business community any city has in America."
Also speaking Wednesday were top officials of the Boston Athletic Association, which organizes the race.
From President Obama on down, countless public leaders have been saying next year’s Boston Marathon will be bigger and better than ever and give no quarter to fear or terrorism.
BAA Race Director Dave McGillivray said at this point, BAA officials are actually overwhelmed with offers of help for next year.
"There's so much of it, which is a good thing, but that's a challenge for us now to address each and every offer of support, whether it be, we want to come help, we want you to come here to our event and speak to our runners. It’s overwhelming, but in a positive way."
With videographer John E. Stuart and video editor Nick Chin. NECN reporter Scot Yount and videographer Bob Ricci contributed to this report.