BOSTON (WUSA9) -- Over the course of the past three days following Monday's marathon blasts, the phrase "Boston Strong" has emerged both online and offline, locally and nationally.
Residents here in Boston and Americans all over the country have honed in on the phrase as a rallying cry of sorts, calling on the two words to echo the resolve of a city and its people in the face of adversity.
"It's unity at its finest," Boston resident Danny Gillis said of the term.
The hashtag #BostonStrong has had a steady presence on Twitter and Instagram since the attack and all over the city posters and signs can be seen with the phrase.
"We all grew up here and we just stick together no matter what," Bostonian Richard Buckley explained outside of Thursday's interfaith service. "You hurt one you hurt all."
"Boston has kind of a tough reputation in America and around the world," Alison Gagne, who works in the city, said. "People think that people from Boston are really tough but an event like this proves that we're all very human...we all hurt, we are all suffering."
Early Thursday afternoon the Boston Red Sox released a photo on Twitter of a "B Strong" sign that has been added to their Green Monster outfield wall.
"I think it just describes the overwhelming sense of community in the city," Local Steven Brennan said.
Despite all that this city has gone through and will continue to go through, there's no doubt how strong its people are: #BostonStrong.