President Barack Obama began by alluding to Ecclesiastes 3 about a time and place for everything under heaven. Then he quickly moved to the theme of love as recorded in I Corinthians 13. He said among other things, "Love is tested by tragedy."
President Obama called the three victims by name often during his remarks as he talked about the love the three soldiers had for their country.
- Sgt. Timothy Owens, 37, of Effingham, Ill., an Iraq war veteran
- Staff Sgt. Carlos A. Lazaney-Rodriguez, 38, of Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, a 20-year Army veteran who was planning to retire
- Sgt. 1st Class Danny Ferguson, 39, of Mulberry, Fla., a Bronze Star winner who had just returned from a deployment to Afghanistan
President Obama concluded his brief remarks by again quoting from I Corinthians 13 saying:
"But scripture also teaches that alongside the temporal, one thing is eternal. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends."
This was the second time President Obama stood in the same spot to comfort grief-stricken America and families of victims at Fort Hood. He was there is 2009, when 13 soldiers also lost their lives at the hand of a gunman.
During President Obama's five years in office, he has stood in the role as chief comforter, mourning with families of those killed and offered solace to the nation on eight different occasions for tragic shoots. It would be fifteen occasions if we include tragedies from natural disasters.
- Fort Hood - Nov. 2009
- Tucson - Jan. 2011
- Aurora - July 2012
- Oak Creek - Aug. 2012
- Newtown - Dec. 2012
- Boston - April 2013
- Washington Navy Yard - Sept. 2013
- Fort Hood - April 2014
Before President Obama appeared to speak at the memorial service, he was briefed on the early morning stabbings of 20 people at a Pennsylvania high school.