President Addresses Fort Hood Community

POSTED: Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 11:41am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm

Fort Hood, Texas - - President Barack Obama says the nation must never forget the 13 men and women who died during a shooting rampage on a U.S. Army post at Fort Hood, Texas.

In prepared remarks, Obama says the shooting is a tragedy, in part because the military members died on U.S. soil and not on a battlefield. Obama on Tuesday planned to use his remarks to praise
those who died and calm a nation troubled by the shootings.

Obama says the United States endures because of those who defend it. He says the bravery of those who died there must be honored by remembering their contributions to their communities.

Some soldiers wounded in last week's shootings at Fort Hood made their way onto a stage in front of
thousands as a military memorial service was getting under way.

Some soldiers were on crutches, one was in a wheelchair and they were joined by victims' relatives as they made their way the platform Tuesday where President Barack Obama was to speak.

At the front of the platform stood a row of battlefield crosses, the traditional soldier tribute to the fallen: Pairs of boots, a rifle protruding straight out of one of the boots and a combat
helmet resting atop the weapon. In front of each set of boots was a photo of each victim.

A military band played somber, patriotic music leading up to the ceremony.

The soldier suspected in the shootings left 13 people dead and 29 wounded remains hospitalized.

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