Obama Salutes Victims, One by One

President speaks at memorial service at Fort Hood
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 10, 2009 2:23 PM CST
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama arrive at Robert Gray Army Air Field in Killeen, Texas.   (Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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(Newser) – President Obama spoke the names and told the stories today of the 13 people slain in the Fort Hood shooting rampage, honoring their memories even as he denounced the "twisted logic" that led to their deaths. "No faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor," Obama told the crowd. "And for what he has done, we know that the killer will be met with justice—in this world and the next."

As for the victims and the soldiers who rushed to help them, Obama said, "We need not look to the past for greatness, because it is before our very eyes." He spoke at a memorial service before a crowd estimated at 15,000 on this enormous Army post. “Neither this country—or the values that we were founded upon—could exist without men and women like these 13 Americans,” he said. “And that is why we must pay tribute to their stories.”