November 10th, 2009
03:41 PM ET
13 years ago

Fort Hood killings 'incomprehensible,' Obama says


"No words can fill the void that has been left," President Obama told the loved ones of the thirteen killed by the recent shootings at Fort Hood. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Fort Hood, Texas (CNN) - President Obama led a memorial service Tuesday for the 13 people killed in last week's massacre at the largest U.S. military installation, telling thousands of mourners that the legacy of the dead will live beyond their "incomprehensible" slayings.

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Obama told the families of those killed that "no words can fill the void that has been left." But he added, "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," the president said.

The boots, helmets and rifles and service photographs of the slain soldiers were lined up before the podium where Obama spoke, and family members of the dead wore white ribbons as they were escorted to seats at the ceremony.

"This is a time of war. And yet these Americans did not die on a foreign field of battle," Obama said to a crowd estimated at about 15,000. "They were killed here, on American soil, in the heart of this great American community. It is this fact that makes the tragedy even more painful and even more incomprehensible."

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  1. Anthony

    Sad tragedy, and condolences sent to the families.



    November 10, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. pc

    watching our president speak at fort hood makes me very proud to be an american. please america support our president as a united nation, we are one people under GOD. if your not happy with president obama in three years vote him out,but for now please be an american and rally around our president and stop all the hate and name calling.GOD BLESS AMERICA!

    November 10, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  3. Vets4Obama

    Rest in peace. May we all continue to support our service men and women, past and present. May we ALWAYS seek to support them during and after their time in service. May we NEVER say NO to better benefits and care for our veterans. It is a patriotic DUTY to fight for better benefits for our soldiers, at home and away.

    November 10, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. KathyC in MInnesota

    President Obama gave a humble and heartfelt Eulogy to the fallen at Ft. Hood. He reminded us all that what we hold dear in this country has come from the blood and sacrifice of those who came before us, who come before us now, and who will come after us.

    Tomorrow is Veteran's Day. We must never forget that Freedom is not Free.

    November 10, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  5. NC

    This was a very moving service. My Prayers are with our Military and their families. May God bless them all, Bless our President, his family and our country.

    November 10, 2009 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  6. Sheryl

    God Bless them all!!!! Thank you Mr President that was a very nice Eulogy.

    November 10, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |