- Associated Press - Friday, March 11, 2016

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) - A monument commemorating the lives of 13 people killed and more than 30 wounded in a 2009 mass shooting at Fort Hood has been dedicated in the city at the front gate to the Central Texas Army installation.

The monument financed by private contributions was dedicated Friday next to the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. Purple Heart medals were presented posthumously at the dedication ceremony to those killed in an attack by an Army psychiatrist, as well as to those wounded.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott attended the ceremony. In remarks to the hundreds gathered for the ceremony, Abbott said, “America is the brightest beacon of freedom in the world because of the men and women who put sacrifice above self.” He said Friday was “a day to honor that sacrifice.”

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