One Year After Rampage, Fort Hood Still Healing

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) - Army Secretary John McHugh has addressed
more than 1,000 people gathered to mark the first anniversary of
the mass shooting at Fort Hood, saying the tragedy will be "part
of our history forever."

McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey were to present
awards to more than 50 soldiers and civilians who actions "went
above and beyond the call of duty" on Nov. 5, 2009, when a gunman
opened fire on a soldier readiness center at the post. The shooting
that killed 13 people and wounded scores of others was the worst
attack on a domestic Army post. An Army psychiatrist, Maj. Nidal
Hasan, is charged in the attack.

McHugh said soldiers and civilians showed remarkable courage and
strength that day.

It's a chapter in this Army that no matter how many tears may
fall will never, ever be washed away and will be part of our
history forever," he said.


FORT HOOD, Texas -- The names of 13 people killed in last year's shooting rampage at Fort Hood are etched into a 6-foot-tall rectangular block of granite.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal - Love leaves a memory no one can steal" is engraved atop the memorial. It's to be unveiled Friday morning on the one-year anniversary of the attack.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey and Army Secretary John McHugh also will present awards to more than 50 soldiers and civilians whose actions on Nov. 5, 2009, went above and beyond the call of duty.

Fort Hood will hold a memorial service and moment of silence on Friday afternoon.

Maj. Nidal Hasan, an Army psychiatrist, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.

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