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In the Shadow of Fort Hood

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The day of honoring the men and women who serve in the military couldn’t come at a more somber time this year. Just yesterday, President Barack Obama was at Fort Hood, Texas, to speak at a memorial service for the 13 men and women killed by one of their own: an American Army major, who allegedly uttered an Islamic phrase similar to “God is great” before going on a rampage last week. “It may be hard to comprehend the twisted logic that led to this tragedy,” Obama said (via CBS News). “But this much we do know—no faith justifies these murderous and craven acts; no just and loving God looks upon them with favor.” While yesterday was a day of mourning across the nation, today is reserved for honoring veterans—both alive and gone, but not forgotten. In Loveland, Veterans Day organizer Tony DuMosch of American Legion Post 15 promises “the largest Veterans Day event in the state and one of the largest in the country,” writes The Fence Post. “Loveland is only one of two communities in Colorado who still ring the bells of freedom just as they had done on Nov. 11, 1918 [at the close of World War I].”

The Durango Herald notes that some of Colorado’s 450,000 veterans are struggling to find work and that Governor Bill Ritter has encouraged employers to hire them. Ritter will join U.S. Senator Michael Bennet and Congressman Mike Coffman this morning at the annual service at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver, notes The Associated Press. In Boulder, Congressman Jared Polis plans a visit to a veterans’ memorial at the University of Colorado and lunch with veterans.

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