Fort Hood (TX), – Congressman Al Green (TX-09) attended today the multitudinous memorial ceremony held at Fort Hood to honor the 13 fatal victims of the tragic incident that occurred last week when Major Nidal Malik Hassan allegedly opened fire in the Readiness Center.
Congressman Green was part of a group of public officials, led by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, that also included members of the Texas Congressional Delegation, who wanted to pay their respects to those who are already considered for posterity as American heroes.
“These men and women made the ultimate sacrifice for the United States of America. Just when they were getting ready to be deployed, they lost their lives in an incident that deeply saddens me and the rest of our country,” said Congressman Green.
The ceremony included remarks from the Commanding General at Fort Hood, Lieutenant General Robert W. Cone, as well as from the Chief of Staff of the Army, General George W. Casey Jr., and President Obama, who underlined that the lives of the fallen “speak to the strength, dignity and decency of those who serve .”
Congressman Green also highlighted a factor brought to the attention of the audience —which was estimated at 15,000 people— by the President. “The greatness and humanity of America was evidenced when the medic that helped the police officer who put down the shooter also helped to save his life,” commented Congressman Green.
All the speakers at the ceremony emphasized the concept of the Army as a family and an institution that sacrifices for the freedom of the United States.
When the memorial service concluded Congressman Green visited privately with the families of the victims to express his condolences and offer his support.