• Jamie Anderson holds a candle for her daughter, as her grandmother, Jo Ellen Freleigh, of New York, protects her candle from the wind at Fort Hood, Texas. About 300 people attended a candlelight prayer vigil held Nov. 6, at Hood Stadium to honor those who were killed and wounded Nov. 5, when a lone gunman opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center on post.

    Candlelight Vigil

    Jamie Anderson holds a candle for her daughter, as her grandmother, Jo Ellen Freleigh, of New York, protects her candle from the wind at Fort Hood, Texas. About 300 people attended a candlelight prayer vigil held Nov. 6, at Hood Stadium to honor those...

  • Lt. Col Charles Keller, with the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, his wife, Sylvie, and their children, arrived early for a candlelight prayer vigil held Nov. 6, inside Hood Stadium at Fort Hood, Texas.

    Vigil

    Lt. Col Charles Keller, with the Carl R. Darnall Army Medical Center, his wife, Sylvie, and their children, arrived early for a candlelight prayer vigil held Nov. 6, inside Hood Stadium at Fort Hood, Texas.

  • Chaplain (Col.) Mike Lembke, III Corps, plays guitar leading mourners in song during a candlelight vigil held to commemorate Soldiers and civilians killed and wounded Nov. 5, by a lone gunman inside and near the Fort Hood, Texas, Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

    Chaplain at vigil

    Chaplain (Col.) Mike Lembke, III Corps, plays guitar leading mourners in song during a candlelight vigil held to commemorate Soldiers and civilians killed and wounded Nov. 5, by a lone gunman inside and near the Fort Hood, Texas, Soldier Readiness...

  • First Army Division West Commander Maj. Gen. Charles A. Anderson speaks with Pfc. James Armstrong and wife, Roxanne, during a chemical light vigil held at the North Fort Hood training site Friday night in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed and wounded in the shooting tragedy at Fort Hood, Texas, Nov. 5. Armstrong pulled others out of harm's way despite being shot twice himself.

    Pfc. James Armstrong

    First Army Division West Commander Maj. Gen. Charles A. Anderson speaks with Pfc. James Armstrong and wife, Roxanne, during a chemical light vigil held at the North Fort Hood training site Friday night in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were...

FORT HOOD, Texas -- Grieving Soldiers and family members gathered for a twilight vigil last night in remembrance of comrades and loved ones who were killed or wounded in the Nov. 5 shooting attack here.

Substituting chemical lights for candles, the Soldiers paid tribute to their fallen comrades and to those who remain hospitalized.

Maj. Gen. Charles A. Anderson, commander of First Army Division West, expressed his condolences at the solemn event at the North Fort Hood training complex. With anecdotal stories of past tragedies and the heroism and perseverance of the American Soldier, Anderson drew parallels between the "Greatest Generation" and the service men and women of today.

Anderson highlighted acts of heroism that emerged from the violence, and commended the acts of Milledgeville, Ga., native Army Pfc. James Armstrong, who helped get people out of harm's way despite having been shot twice.

Armstrong, a mental health specialist with the 1908th Medical Detachment, Combat Stress Control, was training and processing here for deployment with his unit.

On crutches and in bandages, Armstrong and his wife, Roxanne, were in attendance for the vigil.

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