The president spoke Tuesday at a memorial service honoring the victims of a mass shooting at Fort Hood.
Fort Hood, Texas (WiredPRNews.com) – President Barack Obama paid tribute to the victims of the recent shootings at Fort Hood military base in Texas Tuesday. As reported by the Dallas Morning News, the president spoke at a memorial service in honor of those slain during the massacre that resulted in the deaths of 13 individuals and the injuries of several others.
Obama is quoted in the report as stating to a crowd of over 15,000 “This is a time of war. And yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle… Here, at Fort Hood, we pay tribute to 13 men and women who were not able to escape the horror of war, even in the comfort of home.”
Obama further stated, “We knew these men and women as soldiers and caregivers. You knew them as mothers and fathers; sons and daughters; sisters and brothers… But here is what you must also know: your loved ones endure through the life of our nation. … Their life’s work is our security, and the freedom that we too often take for granted. Every evening that the sun sets on a tranquil town; every dawn that a flag is unfurled; every moment that an American enjoys life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – that is their legacy.”