UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:53am
FORT HOOD -- Today marks one year since the shooting where 13 people died and 32 were injured at Fort Hood. People gathered at the army base today to remember the victims and honor those who risked their lives.
Described as a bitter-sweet day Friday, nearly 1,000 gathered to remember the lives lost one year ago-- a morning still fresh in the minds of each person there. Officer Keith Esquivel was one of those who were honored today. He said, "I remembered exactly how i was called out the same way. I was putting my uniform on for road duty, and the phone rang, and it was time to go to work. So, putting my uniform on today, it was kind of a big reminder of that."
Officer Samuel Ray was the fifth person on the scene after the shooter was taken down. He says memories are still with him of that day. "We secured the grounds, entered the buildings, got the people out that needed to be brought out that were still just wounded," said Ray. "and of course, the unfortunate people had to stay inside the building but we made sure there were no more shooters and made it safe."
Police officers, civilians and soldiers who risked their lives in the rampage were honored as heroes while many families mourned a tragic loss. One speaker said it only makes them stronger. "Our resolve is strengthened by those who rushed toward the burning building, toward the gun shots and sounds of chaos and destruction to lend their hands and sometimes render their lives in service to their fellow man." \
The atmosphere at Fort Hood was somber during the emotional day. People say events like this help them remember what people have done to keep this place safe. Saturday, Fort Hood continues to commemorate the one year mark. They will have a "Run to Remember" marathon starting at 8 a.m., and bands will be performing at night in "Rock the Hood" at 6:30.