Obama at Texas Memorial: 'You Are Not Forgotten'

President travels to Waco near site of plant explosion

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Apr 25, 2013 4:34 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama and the first lady took part in a memorial service in Waco, Texas, this afternoon for the victims of last week's fertilizer plant explosion. While the "eyes of the world may have been fixed on places far away, our hearts have also been here in your time of tribulation," Obama said at the Baylor University service. "You are not alone. You are not forgotten." The blast killed 14, including 12 first-responders. "No words adequately describe the courage that was displayed on that deadly night," said Obama. "What I can do is offer the love and support and prayers of the nation." Gov. Rick Perry made a similar point: "First-responders know better than anyone that there's no such thing as a routine emergency, but it didn't slow them down as they raced toward that burning factory."

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama bow their heads behind a photo of volunteer firefighter Capt. Cyrus Adam Reed.
President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama bow their heads behind a photo of volunteer firefighter Capt. Cyrus Adam Reed.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama speaks over a photograph and memorial for William Ray Buck Uptmor Jr.
President Obama speaks over a photograph and memorial for William Ray "Buck" Uptmor Jr.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
President Obama is seen above a memorial for firefighter Morris Wayne Bridges Jr.
President Obama is seen above a memorial for firefighter Morris Wayne Bridges Jr.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Members of the Patriot Guard line the road for a procession prior to the memorial service.
Members of the Patriot Guard line the road for a procession prior to the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Members of the West, Texas, volunteer fire department carry the helmets of fallen firemen to the memorial service.
Members of the West, Texas, volunteer fire department carry the helmets of fallen firemen to the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
An honor guard stands in front of caskets prior to the memorial service.
An honor guard stands in front of caskets prior to the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
Damage from the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion is seen from helicopters Thursday.
Damage from the West, Texas, fertilizer plant explosion is seen from helicopters Thursday.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Gulf war veteran Celso Castro, right carries an American flag while heading to the memorial service.
Gulf war veteran Celso Castro, right carries an American flag while heading to the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Waco Tribune Herald, Rod Aydelotte)
Caskets sit in front of the stage at the memorial service.
Caskets sit in front of the stage at the memorial service.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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