Ten years time is a fragile thing. Decade is a heavy word, but those years are gone in the blink of an eye. Our busy lives steal them away. That's why it's important to stop on days like today and remember those who are no longer with us and how they were lost.

On November 5, 2009, 13 people were killed and 32 were injured when a madman opened fire in the Soldier Readiness Processing Center at Fort Hood.

By now, most of us remember his name and the radical ideology behind his terrorist attack. You can read more about it here, but I'm not interested in giving him a spotlight today.

This day should be about remembering and honoring those who lost their lives and those who continue to live with the wounds inflicted that day.

Let us remember these names - the names of those whose lives were cut short:

  • Civilian Physician Assistant Michael Grant Cahill
  • Major Libardo Eduardo Caraveo
  • Staff Sergeant Justin Michael DeCrow
  • Captain John P. Gaffaney
  • Specialist Frederick Greene
  • Specialist Jason Dean Hunt
  • Staff Sergeant Amy Sue Krueger
  • Private First Class Aaron Thomas Nemelka
  • Private First Class Michael S. Pearson
  • Captain Russell Gilbert Seager
  • Private First Class Francheska Velez (Velez was pregnant, and her unborn child was also fatally wounded.)
  • Lieutenant Colonel[ Juanita L. Warman
  • Private First Class Kham See Xiong

Keep the wounded in your thoughts as well:

  • Specialist James Armstrong
  • Sergeant Patrick Blue III
  • Specialist Keara Bono Torkelson
  • Specialist Logan M. Burnett
  • Specialist Alan Carroll
  • Captain Dorothy Carskadon
  • Staff Sergeant Joy Clark
  • Specialist Matthew D. Cooke
  • Staff Sergeant Chad Davis
  • Private Mick Engnehl
  • Private Joseph T. Foster
  • Private Amber Gadlin
  • Sergeant Nathan Hewitt
  • Sergeant Alvin Howard
  • Private Najee M. Hull
  • Staff Sergeant Eric Williams Jackson
  • Private Justin T. Johnson
  • Staff Sergeant Alonzo M. Lunsford Jr.
  • Staff Sergeant Shawn N. Manning
  • Staff Sergeant Paul Martin
  • 2nd Lieutenant Brandy Mason
  • Specialist Grant Moxon
  • Civilian Police Sergeant Kimberly Munley
  • Specialist John Pagel
  • Specialist Dayna Ferguson Roscoe
  • Chief Warrant Officer Christopher H. Royal
  • Major Randy Royer
  • Specialist Jonathan Sims
  • Specialist George O. Stratton III
  • Staff Sergeant Patrick Zeigler
  • Sergeant Miguel A. Valdivia
  • Staff Sergeant Thuan Nguyen

We have not forgotten. We will not forget.

To all those currently serving in our military and all those who have served, we cannot thank you enough for your tireless dedication and the many sacrifices you make to defend and preserve our way of life.

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