Solemn Anniversary

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Friday, November 5, 2010 - 3:26pm

Fort Hood pauses to remember victims of deadly shooting spree.


Friday marked the one-year anniversary history's worst mass shooting on a U.S. Army base.

13 people were killed and dozens of others wounded when an Army psychiatrist went on a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas.

Services were held to mark the somber anniversary.

"It doesn't feel like a year ago, it feels like a couple days ago," said Jerayln Kruger.

Her daughter was one of 13 killed when Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on a processing center inside the base.

The rampage ended when a civilian police officer shot Hasan, paralyzing him from the chest down.

It was the heroic actions of so many others that helped define the traumatic day.

"Selfless men and women who went above and beyond the call of duty and saved countless lives and protected our home," said Fort Hood Commander General William Grimsley.

More than 50 soldiers and civilians were honored for their efforts during the chaos and aftermath of the shooting.

For one hero the day was bittersweet.

Honored for his bravery, Staff Sergeant Zackary Filip for the first time met the daughter of a man he couldn't save.

"I wish I could have done more," Filip said.

That soldier, Michael Cahill, was remembered along with 12 others at a moving ceremony.

"These 13 fallen heroes were bound together by a spirit of service and a desire to be part of something greater than themselves," General George Casey told the assembled crowd. "They represent what's best about America, what's best about our army."

Forever memorialized on the granite tribute, on it the names of those lost and the words:

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal - Love leaves a memory no one can steal"

Last month the military opened a hearing for Hasan to determine if he will be court-martialed, a process that could lead to the death penalty.
 

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