President Barack Obama traveled to Fort Hood Tuesday where he met privately with the families of thirteen shooting victims. Following the private meeting, the president spoke at a memorial service which a spokesman called a “traditional military ceremony.” It included prayers, speeches, a sermon and a rifle salute for the thirteen dead, according The New York Times.
“We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes,” said Obama.
The visit comes as the FBI and Texas Rangers investigate the alleged shooting by Army Maj. Nidal M. Hasan. Thirteen people were slain and 38 injured before the gunman was shot four times and apprehended by civilian police.
The president used the opportunity to honor the dead and talk a little about each of them. Several thousand people attended the service under tight security.
This video is from CNN’s Newsroom, broadcast Nov. 10, 2009.