Nation Honors Fort Hood Victims

POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 5:46pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 2:25pm

Fort Hood, Texas - - El Paso is doing its part to remember the victims of the Fort Hood massacre.

Flags remain lowered on this somber day when the 13 who died in the deadly shooting were remembered for their heroism.

Major Eduardo Caraveo is one of the Fort Hood victims. He attended Bowie High School and graduated from UTEP.

Searching for grace and comfort, they gather. More than 3,000. Some dressed in red, white, and blue. Most in army green. All struggling to deal with what happened here...

"It's a day for us to just honor the fallen, as fellow soldiers. one big family."
"When something drastic like that happens it affects everybody."

President Obama met with families of the fallen and some of the wounded before stepping to the podium. For the first time in his young presidency as consoler in chief...

"Here, at Fort Hood, we pay tribute to thirteen men and women who were not able to escape the horror of war, even in the comfort of home. Their memory will be honored in the places they lived and by the people they touched. Their life's work is our security, and the freedom that we too often take for granted."

As this grieving community searches for answers, so do investigators examining Major Nadil Hasan's religious views and whether he may have been influenced by Muslim extremists who encouraged violence against American troops. Authorities are also asking questions about a presentation the allegede gunman made to senior officers two years ago discussing Islam, suicide bombers, and the threats posed by Muslim soldiers conflicted about fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan...

"I think there's a real examination inside the intelligence community and the Army about whether any opportunity was lost to identify Hasan as a potential problem."

But the more immediate problem for so many here is how to deal with their overwhelming loss. A traditional end to a somber and respectful memorial. Though the pain and emotion is sure to linger.

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