Obama Returns to Fort Hood for Memorial Service

President and first lady pay respects to victims of latest shooting.
16:53 | 04/10/14

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This is an ABC news special room. Memorial services. -- yeah. Good afternoon we're coming -- there right now because President Obama isn't for the Texas. About to speak at a memorial service for the soldiers who died in -- shooting Rampage one week ago. That service -- just begun but before the president speaks I want to bring you up to date on yet another senseless tragedy. -- and -- and early this morning at Franklin regional high school near Pittsburgh when a sixteen year old student wielding two knives attacked and wounded nineteen students and a teacher. That student is in custody after being tackled by a police officer and assistant school principal. Up to nine of the injured are in critical condition 117 year old on life support though he and all of the others are expected to survive. Not a Fort Hood -- -- last Wednesday a US soldier in treatment for depression and anxiety upset over -- leave he'd been denied opened fire on his fellow soldiers. Killing three of them injuring sixteen others. The shooter then killed himself. It was a second mass shooting forward then less than five years President Obama will speak from the very same spot he spoke at in 2009. -- thirteen soldiers killed in that Rampage. ABC senior global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz joins us now -- you've been thwarted several times including just last week in America's largest army base has been hit so hard. It it has been George but I have to say driving around the post last Saturday. I found that resilience there once again wife was going on in other schools there there are ten chapels there it is really a community. And they are banding together to move forward. Lieutenant general Millie was also there I was there for a reunion at a ten year reunion of soldiers who had fought in the battle. In Iraq coming together lieutenant general Millie actually came. To their reunion to their memorial there -- -- 168. Names on the wall where I was that -- very moving to see these guys. Come back come together those families that resiliency. And they will do that again in fort. And -- hear from the president just a moment the search of the army John Q just wrapping up. And for that we go there now. For President Obama is about to speak. Ladies and gentlemen the president of the United States. President Barack Obama. And our lives. And our joy is. And in our Soros. We've learned that there is -- time for every matter. Under -- We laugh. And we weep. We celebrate. And we more. -- serve in war. And we pray for peace. -- scripture also teaches that. Alongside. The temple. One thing is a term. Love bears all things. Believes all things. -- all things indoors. All things. -- -- -- Deputy secretary fox. Up. General Dempsey and secretary McHugh. Generals Odierno and -- And most of all the families of the soldiers. Who been taken from us. The wounded. Those who returned to duty and those still recovering. An entire community of Fort Hood. This great place. It is love. Tested by tragedy it. That brings us together again. It was love for country. That inspired these three Americans. To put on the uniform and joined the greatest army. The world has ever -- Sargent first class Daniel Ferguson. Staff Sargent Carlos. Was any -- Rodriguez. Sargent. Timothy office. And then in Carlos joined -- two decades ago. In a time of peace and -- as the nation went to war. Tim -- joined after 9/11. Knowing he could be sent in the harm's way. Between them they deployed at nine times. Each served in Iraq. -- came home from Afghanistan just last year. They lived it -- -- values. Loyalty. Duty. Honor. That keep us strong and free. It was love -- for the army. That made it then the soldiers they work. For -- -- whose fiance being in the army was his life. Carlos said a friend was. The epitome of what you would want their leader to be in the army. Tim -- helped counsel this fellow soldiers. Set a friend. He was always the person you're go to talk to. And it was love for their comrades. For all of you. The define their last moments. As we've heard when the gunman tried to push his way into that room Danny held the door shut saving the lives of others. While sacrificing his -- And it said that Tim if it. The counselor and even then gave his life walking toward the gunman. Trying to -- -- For you. Their families and no -- -- equal to your loss. We are here on behalf of the American people. To honor your loved ones. And offer whatever comfort weekend. But noticed. We also draw strength from you. For even in your grief. Even as your heart breaks. We seeing you that eternal truth. Love never ends. In Paris. Of these men. As a father I cannot begin to fathom your anguish. But I know you poured your love and your hopes. In -- your son's. I know that the man. And soldiers they became their sense of service. -- patriotism. So much of that came from you. You gave your sons to America. And justices. -- -- them always so too will the nation that they served. Two -- of their lives. Imperious wife Billie and then his fiancee Kristin. These soldiers cherish the army but their hearts. Belong to you. That's a bomb that no earthly power. -- -- -- -- slip from -- embrace but know that you'll never be alone. Because this army in this nation. Stands with you for all the days to come. To their children. -- -- a dangerous world. Your fathers served to keep. You safe and -- They knew. You have so much to give to our country and -- you'd make them proud. Took his daughter Laurie -- has. Last Wednesday night she posted this message. On line. -- -- one ever want to think for moment. -- love your family she said because you never know when they're going to be taken from. I love you dad. And to the men and women of Fort Worth. There's -- have been mentioned part of what makes this so painful is that. We've been here before. This tragic -- -- -- wounds still -- from five years ago. Once more soldiers who survived. Foreign war zones were struck down here at home where they're supposed to be safe. We still do not yet know exactly why but we do know this. We must honor their lives. Not in word or talk. But indeed. And in truth. We must -- these men with a renewed commitment to keep our troops safe. I just embattled. On the home front as well. In our open society and -- best -- is like this. We can never eliminate every risk but as a nation. We can do more. To help counsel those where it. Mental health issues. To keep. Firearms the hands of those are having. Such deep difficulties. As military we must continue to do everything in our power to secure facilities and spare. Others this pain. -- -- -- -- -- These men by. Doing more to care for our fellow Americans living with mental -- civilian and military. Today four American soldiers are gone. Four. Army families are devastated. As commander in chief I'm determined. We will continue to step up our efforts. To reach our troops and veterans were hurting. Some delivered to them the care that they need. No make sure we never stigma ties those who have the courage to seek help. And finally we must honor these men by recognizing that they were members of a generation that has borne the burden of our security in more than a decade of war. Now our troops are coming home. By the end of this your war and Afghanistan will finally be over. In an -- when. Fewer Americans know someone in uniform. Every American. Must see these men and these women are 9/11 generation. The extraordinary citizens -- -- are. They love their families. To excel at their jobs. They serve their communities. Their leaders. And when we truly welcome our veterans are. When we show them that we need them not justified in other countries but. To build up our own. That our schools our businesses our communities our nation. Will be more successful. And America will be stronger and more united. For decades to come. Sargent first class. -- -- Staff Sargent. Carlos. Was any -- its. Sargent Timothy owns. Like 576. Fort Hood soldiers who've given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan. There -- taken from -- much too soon. Like to thirteen Americans we lost five years ago. They're passing. -- -- -- And moments such as this. We -- once more what we've learned in these hard years of war. We reach within our wounded hearts. We lean on each other. We hold each other up. We carry all. -- -- God's amazing grace. We somehow bear. What seems unbearable. -- Bears all things. Believes. All things. -- -- -- Indoors all things. -- -- -- May god watch. Over these American soldiers. May keep you stronger families. Whose -- endorse. May god continue to bless. The United States of America. -- patriots such as these. President Obama for -- Texas preaching on the themes of service and love. Remembering those three soldiers who died last week in that shooting Rampage. Sargent first class Daniel Ferguson. Staff Sargent Carlos is -- route three guests Sargent Timothy Owens. We see there the battlefield crosses. The -- way to remember. Those who -- lost. And Jon -- our chief White House correspondent. You know the president also saying of course we must remember all those veterans homeless veterans who served all those veterans who face challenges. That this that this rituals become always heartbreaking and all too familiar the president has -- -- -- TP memorial service. He spoken. Unfortunately it's something that he's become quite good at it you know just the last sixteen months George. You think about what the president has been -- he was the navy yard shooting here in Washington. Back in September. The Boston Marathon bombing. After that of course the shooting in Newtown Connecticut. This is something that has become Bob major part of of his job the -- mourner in chief can solar and chief. And the words that struck out to me is when he said. No words or equal to your loss. And -- we have been here before this -- at a wound not yet healed. Of course you're -- back to the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood but he could have been talking about. All of these other shootings are tragedies that he has had to come out and play this role at a memorial service like this -- of questions before he came back to speak he was briefed. And that tragedy this morning -- Franklin regional high school. That's right I -- in fact this is on his -- way to Fort Hood he has briefed at the stabbing. -- that high school outside of Pittsburgh another reminder that this keeps coming. Okay Jon Karl thanks much we have much more on that tonight on world -- Diane Sawyer of course constant updates and abcnews.com. Must see you tomorrow on June. This has been a special. -- -- -- designed from the ground up. Then you ABC news that has -- -- morning noon and night. -- -- -- -- -- -- particles you want to follow. Keep you updated its story -- Features like watching reading. 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