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President Obama Pays Tribute At Texas Memorial

Fourteen people — including 11 firefighters — were killed and 200 were injured last week in a fertilizer plant explosion in the small town of West, Texas.

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"We gather here in Texas to mourn brave men who went through fire and all those who've been taken from us."

"To the families and neighbors grappling with unbearable loss — you are not alone. You are not forgotten."


"Your country will remain ever ready to help you recover and rebuild and reclaim your community."

"Together, you answered the call. You dropped your schoolwork, left your families, jumped in fire trucks and rushed to the flames ... When someone's in need, you reach out to them. You support them. And you do what it takes to help them carry on."


"What makes West special is what makes it familiar, and instead of changing who you are, this tragedy revealed who you've always been."

"We need people who so love their neighbors as themselves that they're willing to lay down their lives for them ... Going forward, it's not just your town that needs your courage and your love and your faith. America does too."

"You are, and always will be, surrounded by an abundance of love."