Wounded soldiers on stage before Ft. Hood ceremony

AP News
Posted: Nov 10, 2009 2:52 PM

Several soldiers wounded in last week's shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas, have made their way onto a stage in front of thousands gathered for a military memorial service.

Some were on crutches, one was in a wheelchair. They were joined by victims' relatives as they made their way to the platform Tuesday where President Barack Obama was to speak.

At the front of the platform stood a row of battlefield crosses and the traditional tribute to a fallen soldier: pairs of boots, with a rifle protruding from them and a combat helmet resting atop the weapon. In front of each pair of boots was a photo of each victim.

A military band played somber, patriotic music leading up to the ceremony.

The soldier suspected in the shootings that left 13 people dead and 29 wounded remains hospitalized with gunshot wounds.