(CNN) – Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute Wednesday to those who ran to help victims of the Boston Marathon bombing earlier this week. In a speech at a Global Fund for Women anniversary gala in New York City, Clinton said such spirit of "volunteerism" is what "makes this country so unique."
"I've been obsessed the last few days as I'm sure a number of you have been about the terrible violence and loss of life and injury in Boston," she said. "Like so many Americans and those watching around the world, we saw ordinary citizens alongside first responders rushing into danger to help. It was a tragic terrible day, but it seemed to exemplify what Patriots Day really means, because we do better when we work together. Women and men, all of us across every line that is used to divide us.
"It is important that as our hearts go out and as our support for people who were affected in Boston that we remember what makes this country so unique: the sense of volunteerism. Whether it's responding to a disaster like we saw in the streets of Boston the other day, strangers were helping strangers, or whether it was this Global Fund."