The White House announced Tuesday afternoon thatPresident Barack Obama will be attending an interfaith vigil to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings on Thursday in Boston, Mass.

The president will reportedly cancel his scheduled Thursday meetings in Washington, D.C., as well as his scheduled talk at the University of Kansas on Friday morning, in order to speak to the family members of those killed in Monday’s bombings, as well as the survivors at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 11 a.m. on Thursday.

Obama’s plans to speak at the interfaith service were confirmed Tuesday by the White House and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick during a press conference in Boston.

Although it is unclear what direction the president will take during his talk at the interfaith service, the commander-in-chief focused his Tuesday press conference on the topic of anti-terrorism, saying “the American people refuse to be terrorized.”

“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” Obama said at the Tuesday press conference, held in Washington D.C.

“Any time bombs are used to target innocent civilians it is an act of terror. What we don’t yet know, however, is who carried out this attack, or why; whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act of a malevolent individual. That’s what we don’t yet know. And clearly, we’re at the beginning of our investigation,” the president added.

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