The Longest Night continues…
Join me in praying for the fallen and wounded, their families, coworkers and entire Fort Hood family.
Yesterday the horrific news of the Fort Hood massacre became known to the nation. I was stunned as I watched and then the range of emotions. Anger. Confusion. Disbelief. Grief.
And oddly enough, pride and thankfulness. I was feeling so proud and thankful for the soldiers who came to each others’ aid by performing first aid. So proud and thankful for those who acted quickly in securing the auditorium. So proud and thankful for the first responders did their duty and did it well. I wondered if any were friends and coworkers of my son who serves in another armor unit currently not deployed. How are he and others responding?
This morning the stunned feeling gave way to the acknowledgement of the violence and to tears of grief and sadness washed over me as I heard more news.
Fort Hood is the home to III Corps HQ’s and combat and combat support units. They are a part of the backbone of our troops who serve in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Photo from Yahoo News Slide show / photo credit (AP Photo/LM Otero)
I could not imagine how the families and friends felt as they waited for news. Mothers and Dads who could not get to their kids or hold of their spouses. (The post was in lock down for several hours.) So tragic and so sad for the victims and families.
One wife and mom to a small child whose husband is in Iraq was interviewed on Fox News. She had called him to break the news. As the news did make made its way over there, how many hearts were in a panic until they heard about their family or friends’ status? Surely, the Fort Hood deployed soldiers never thought they needed to be concerned that such an act of violence would touch the safety of loved ones at home.
Many of the soldiers in the center were processing for deployment that may have been their second, third, fourth or even fifth one. Who would ever expect evil and violence on this scale to take place at their home or workplace even though it is more common that any of us would like. It had to have been a shooting gallery. This despicable act is one of dishonor and shame. And in spite of this, stories of honor and bravery from the men, women and families of Fort Hood and those who both serve and work there, military and civilian will be told.
We grieve and pray for…
…the grieving families and friends, the surviving victims, for the command and the investigators, security staff, the chaplains and pastors and grief and trauma counselors. For the many who will be there to help and support in the long days ahead.
from President Obama’s remarks at the Department of Interior late yesterday afternoon:
These are men and women who have made the selfless and courageous decision to risk and at times give their lives to protect the rest of us on a daily basis. It’s difficult enough when we lose these brave Americans in battles overseas. It is horrifying that they should come under fire at an Army base on American soil.