Nightly News   |  April 18, 2013

Boston's courage, compassion on display

Bostonians are wearing their patriotism on their sleeves in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. NBC's Anne Thompson reports.

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>> reporter: the full-throated rendition of the national anthem at the bruins game came as no surprise. over the ramparts

>> reporter: bostonians have always worn their patriotism on their sleeve or on their chest. peter rinig prints t-shirts for a living. what's the importance of the t-shirt?

>> to say who you are.

>> reporter: this shirt bears a simple message in a city where today there are no degrees of separation.

>> everybody in the city knows each other. i think that's what makes boston boston , you know?

>> reporter: he knew crystal campbell, one of the three people killed in the attacks. some of the money from the t-shirts will go to her family who today met with president obama .

>> your daughter crystal was always smiling.

>> reporter: at the interfaith service, mayor thomas menino , recovering from a broken leg, personified his city as he stood to speak -- wounded but determined.

>> because this is boston . a city with courage, compassion, strength that knows no bounds.

>> reporter: you could see its strength in the arms that reached out to rescue and comfort. one man literally giving the shirt off his back during those first chaotic moments. in the hands that gave out food and wrote checks. when those arms grew weary -- o, say does that star spangled

>> reporter: voices were raised in the city where the american revolution began. the land of the free

>> reporter: the hub of america today is its heart. anne thompson , nbc news, boston . and the home of the brave