With the traditional roll call of the fallen, rifle salutes and sounding of taps, Fort Hood ended its ceremonial farewell to three soldiers killed in an April 2 shooting rampage.
Speaking from behind three battlefield crosses, President Barack Obama, Army Secretary John McHugh, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, Fort Hood's commander, paid tribute to the three.
Each told of the life achievements of Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Michael Ferguson, Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sgt. Timothy Wayne Owens and vowed that they and grieving families watching from a front row won't be forgotten.
President Barack Obama says the nation is drawing strength from relatives of the victims of the fatal shootings last week at Fort Hood.
He says the tragedy tears at wounds that are still raw from a deadly mass shooting on the sprawling Army post five years ago.
Obama told relatives of the victims that he's there to honor their loved ones and offer whatever comfort he can.
Army Secretary John McHugh told the audience that "unspeakable violence" occurred at the Central Texas post April 2. He says the shooting disrupted "a sense of home" thousands of soldiers and their families had established at Fort Hood.
Gen. Ray Odierno, the Army chief of staff, said during a memorial ceremony Wednesday that the loss of soldiers in war is a tragedy the country comes to eventually understand. But he says the death of soldiers at the hands of another is "inexplicable" and difficult to comprehend.
Staff Sgt. Cheryl Reese then sang singing "Amazing Grace" and Col. Matthew Goff, Fort Hood chaplain, spoke on Psalm 46, a poem of faith amid chaos and turmoil.