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the world. they worked alongside one another for a purpose greater simply put ves they're the best naval .ngineering team in the world repairs and plan and manage budgets and research, build our future. genesis of the united states sea power. it it all starts here. but above all else, they are part of the navy. navy strength has been and will continue to be the resilience and endurens -- endurance of our people during times of crisis. whether an attack on pearl harbor or more recently the bombing of the united states ship cole, our navy pulls together with resolve when tragedy strikes. members of our navy family demonstrated true courage at the
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navy yard last week. it was apparent in the actions of, for example, a navy civilian shipmate who happened to be a former hospital corpsman, as she carried one of her fallen co- workers and performed c.p.r. in an attempt to save his life. or the individual that ensured the safe evacuation of a blind co-worker. these are examples of what defines our navy shipyard. it is ship mates taking care of shipmates. we will remember what happened on monday, and we will grow stronger as an institution maintaining our commitment to build the world's strongest navy. to the families here and to the
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navy yard shipmates, we mourn with you today. we will stand with you going forward in the difficult times ahead. we will remember your loved ones, and we will be with you. god bless you, our navy, and the united states of america. thank you. >> as a military organization, we have experienced all too often the searing pain of combat losses and honored the main who, in lincoln's words, have sacrificed their lives on the altar of freedom. today we honor 12 patriots who made the same sacrifice in the service of their nation, this time here at home. we rightly set aside special days and solemn rituals to
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recognize, honor, and ref veer the men and women in uniform who have paid the final price in the defense of our freedoms. these nine men and three women deserve no less. their work, and that of thousands of their civilian colleagues around this city and country is critical to our nation's security. without the civilians at naval sea systems command, we literally would not have a fleet to put to sea, and we could not operate without the navy's capacity and command. l we are a critical part of the navy marine corps team and the navy marine corps family. and we are a family. uniform and civilian, we work together, serve together, and overcome together. as a family, we grieve together.
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together we will assure that they, like those who have gone before them, will be remembered and honored as heros. because that's what they are. heros. ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. an ordinary monday became a day of extraordinary horror, but also extraordinary heroism as law enforcement officers and other first responders ran into danger to aid and protect others, as colleagues, friends, and strangers assisted each other in danger even at the risk of their own lives. we memorialize those we lost. the courage we witnessed on monday did not end with that awful day. on tuesday people returned to their work, and by thursday much of the navy yard reopened.
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thousands whose lives had been in real peril three days before would not let fear keep them away. still, we know it will take time for those with wounds, physical or invisible, to heal. the shock and anger of what occurred on monday will take us time to deal with. this act of evil defies comprehension, defies understanding. 12 wives, husbands, fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, children, workmates, colleagues taken from us suddenly, violently, cruelly. but what can never be taken is the love and our memories. and as we remember these individuals we cherished, it should not be as victims.
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their lives should not be defined by the terrible, inexplicable way they were ended, but rather how they lived and the rich legacies each of them left. and these are unique individuals. as i've spoken to their families and friends and common threads emerge, love of family and country and the value and pride placed on working for america and the values that others place on their work and on their lives.
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today, one by one, we will hear their names and remember them and mourn. they join so many other navy and marine corps heroes whose lives shine forever bright. we remember semper fortis, semper fidelis. we remain forever faithful, forever courageous. >> mr. president, mrs. obama, on behalf of the more than three million men and women at the department of defense serving across the nation and all over the world, i want to express our deepest sympathy to the families here today. know that our thoughts and our prayers are with all of you.
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today we come together at this historic post to begin a long road of healing and recovery. it is a path we walk together. we walk with the families, all who loved the fallen, to help ease the pain, hoping that grief and sadness will one day end and cherished memories of those we loved so much will take their place. we walk with those injured and scarred by this senseless act of violence to help them regain their strength, hoping the horrors of lost monday will soon recede. and together we will recover. we will remember the first responders. we will remember all. the first responders who ran toward the sounds of gunfire, including officers -- officer scott williams, injured in the line of duty. we will remember the valor of
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the navy yard personnel, all the people in the building 197, and we will remember that in the face of tragedy, the united states navy is, once again, responding with resolve as we remember the fallen, we also note the timeliness resilience of the institution that the victims were part of, that they so proudly supported and the nation they so humbly serve. god bless the families and friends of those who we remember today. and god bless our country.
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>> secretary hagel, secretary mavis, admirals greenert and hilliares, and mayor gray. leaders from across this city and armed forces, to all the outstanding first responders, and most of all, the families whose hearts have been broken, we cannot begin to comprehend your loss. we know that no words we offer today are equal to the magnitude, for the deaths of that loss. but we come together as a grateful nation to honor your loved ones, to grieve with you and to offer as best we can some solace and some comfort.
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now, on the night that we lost martin luther king, jr., to a gunman's bullet, robert kennedy stood before a stunned and angry crowd in indianapolis and he broke the terrible news. in the anguish of that moment, he turned to the words an ancient greek greek playwright aeschylus. "even in our sleep, pain which we cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart until, in our own despair, against our will, comes wisdom through the
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--ful grace of god." ["pain pain which cannot forget, drop by drop upon the heart." the tragedy and the pain that brings us here today is extraordinary. it is unique. the lives that were taken from us were unique. the memories their loved ones carried are unique, and they will carry them and endure long after the news cameras are gone. but part of what wears on as well is the sense that this has happened before. part of what troubles us so deeply as we gather here today is how this senseless violence that took place here in the navy yard echos other recent tragedies.
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as president i have now grieved when five different communities were ripped apart by mass violence -- fort hood, tucson, aurora, sandy hook, and now the washington navy yard. and these mass shootings occur against the backdrop of daily tragedies as an epidemic of gun violence tears apart families across america from the streets of chicago to neighborhoods not far from here. and so once again we remember our fellow americans who were just going about their day, doing their jobs, doing what they loved. in this case, the unheralded
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work that keeps our country strong and our navy the finest fleet in the world, these patriots, doing their work that they were so proud of, and who have now been taken away from us by unspeakable violence. once more we come together to --urn the lives of beauty, the and to comfort the wonderful families who cherished them. once more we pay tribute to all who rush toward the danger, who risked their lives so others might live and who are in our prayers today, including officer scott williams. once more our hearts are broken. once more we ask, why? once more we seek strength and wisdom through god's grace.
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you and your families, this navy family, are still in the early hour of your grief. and i'm here today to say that there is nothing routine about this tragedy. there is nothing routine about your loss. your loved ones will not be forgotten. they will endure in the hearts of the american people and in the hearts of the navy that they help to keep strong, and in the hearts of their co-workers and their friends and their neighbors. i want them to know how she lived, jessica gaarde, said of her mother kathy. she is not a number or some statistic. none of these 12 fellow americans are statistics. today i want every american to see how these men and women lived. you may have never met them, but you know them.
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they are your neighbors, like arthur daniels out there on the weekend policy irving his white crown victoria. and kenneth proctor who, if you asked, would fix your car, too. sylvia frasier was the friendly face at the store who took a second job at walmart because she loved working with people. she was the die hard fan you saw at the game. kathy gaarde loved her hockey and her caps. season ticket holder for 25
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years. they were the volunteers who made your community better. frank kohler giving dictionaries to every third grader in the county. michael arnold leading the gospel at church. a man who left everything he knew in india and raised his family here and dedicated himself to the united states navy, vishnu pandit. they were proud americans, like gerald read who wore the uniform 25 years, and michael arnold who became one of the navy's leading architects of whom a colleague said, "nobody knew those ships like him." they were dedicated fathers, like martin bodrog, coaching his daughter's softball -- like mike rigel, coaching his daughter's softball teams, joining facebook just to keep up with his girls. one of whom said he was always the cool dad. they were loving mothers, like mary francis knight, devoted to her daughters and who had just recently watched with joy as their older daughter got married.
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they were doting grandparents, like john johnson, always smiling. giving bear hugs to 10 grandchildren and who would have welcomed his 11th grandchild this fall. these are not statistics. they are the lives that have been taken from us. this is how far a single act of violence can ripple. a husband has lost his wife. wives have lost their husbands. sons and daughters have lost their moms and their dads. little children have lost their grandparents. hundreds in our communities have lost a neighbor and thousands here have lost a friend. as has been mentioned for one family, the daniels family, old wounds are ripped open again.
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pricilla lost arthur, her husband of 30 years, only a few years ago. another shooting took the life of their son, just 14 years old. i can't believe this is happening again, pricilla said. these families have endured a shattering tragedy. if ought to be a shock to all of us as a nation and as a people. it ought to upset us. it ought to lead to some sort of transformation. that's what happened in other countries when they experienced similar tragedies. in the united kingdom, in australia, when just a single mass shooting occurred in those countries they understood there was nothing ordinary about this kind of carnage.
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they endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed. and mass shootings became a great rarity. yet here in the united states after the round-the-clock coverage on cable news, after the heartbreaking interviews with families, after all the speeches and all the punditry and all the commentary, nothing happens. alongside the anguish of these american families, alongside the accumulated outrage that all of us feel, sometimes i fear there is a creeping resignation that these tragedies are just somehow the way it is, that this is somehow the new normal.
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we can't accept this. as americans bound in grief and love, we must insist here today, there is nothing normal about innocent men and women being gunned down where they work. there is nothing normal about our children being gunned down in their classrooms. there is nothing normal about children dying in our streets from stray bullets. no other advanced nation endures this kind of violence. none. here in america, the murder rate is three times what it is in other developed nations. the murder rate with guns is 10 times what it is in other developed nations. and there is nothing inevitable about it.
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it comes about because of decisions we make or fail to make, and it falls upon us to make it differenr. sometimes it takes an unexpected voice to break through, to help remind us what we know to be true. we heard one of those voices last week, dr. janice wolowsky's team treated the wounded. in the mft of one of the briefings, she spoke with honesty as someone who sees often much violence. "we are a great country," she said, "but there is something wrong. all these shootings, all these victims.
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this is not america." "it is a challenge to all of us," she said," and we have to work together to get rid of this." and that's the wisdom we should be taking away from this tragedy and so many others. not accepting these shootings as inevitable, but asking, what can we do to prevent them from happening again and again and again. i've said before, we cannot stop every act of senseless violence. we cannot know every evil that lurks in troubled minds. but if we can prevent even one tragedy like this, save even one life, spare other families what these families are going through, surely we've got an obligation to try. it's true that each of the tragedies i've mentioned is different, and in this case it is clear we need to do a better job of securing our military facilities, deciding who gets access to them. as commander-in-chief i've
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ordered a review of procedures up and down the chain. i know secretary hagel is moving aggressively on that. as a society we clearly have to do a better job of ensuring those that need mental health care actually get it. and that in those efforts we don't stigmatize those that need help. those things are clear, and we have to move to address them. but we americans are not an inherently more violent people than folks in other countries. we're not inherently more prone to mental health problems. the main difference that sets our nation apart, what makes us so susceptible to so many mass shootings is that we don't do enough, we don't take the basic common sense actions to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people.
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what's different in america is that it is easy to get your hands on a gun. and a lot of us know this. but the politics are difficult, as we saw again this spring. and that's sometimes where the resignation comes from, the sense that our politics are frozen and that nothing will change. well, i cannot accept that. i do not accept that we cannot find a common sense way to preserve our traditions, including our basic second amendment freedoms and the rights of law-abiding gun owners, while at the same time reducing the gun violence that unleashes so much mayhem on a regular basis. and it may not happen tomorrow, and it may not happen next week. it may not happen next month. but it will happen. because it's the change that we need. and it is a change
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overwhelmingly supported by the majority of americans. by now, though, it should be clear that the change we need will not come from washington, even when tragedy strikes washington. change will come the only way it ever has come, and that's from the american people. so the question now is not whether as americans we care in moments of tragedy. clearly we care. our hearts are broken again. and we care so deeply about these families. but the question is, do we care enough? do we care enough to keep standing up for the country that we know is possible, even if it is hard and even if it is politically uncomfortable? do we care enough to sustain the passion and the pressure to make our communities safer and our
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country safer? do we care enough to do everything we can to spare other families the pain that is felt here today? our tears are not enough. our words and our prayers are not enough. if we really want to honor these 12 men and women, if we really want to be a country where we can go to work and go to school and walk our streets free from senseless violence without so many lives being stolen by a bullet from a gun, then we're going to have to change. we're going to have to change. on monday morning these 12 men and women woke up like they did today.
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they left home and they headed off to work. gerald read's wife, said, be home for dinner. and john johnson said what he always said. "good-bye, beautiful. i love you so much." even in our sleep, pain which cannot forget falls drop-by-drop upon the heart until in our own despair against will comes some wisdom through the awful grace of god. what robert kennedy understood, what dr. king understood, what all our great leaders have always understood, is that wisdom does not come from damage did i alone
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-- from tragedy alone or from some sense of resignation in the falibility of man, wisdom comes through the recognition that tragedies such as this are not inevitable, and that we have the ability to act and to change to spare others the pain that drops on our hearts. so in our grief, let us seek that grace. let us find that wisdom. and in doing so, let us truly honor these 12 american patriots. may god hold close the souls taken from us and grant them eternal peace. may he comfort and watch over these families. and may god grant us the strength and wisdom to keep safe our united states of america. ♪
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o beautiful for spacious skies for amber waves of grain for purple mountains' majesty above the fruited plain america, america god shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪rom sea to shining sea
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♪ o beautiful for patriot dream that sees beyond the years thine alabaster cities gleam undimmed by human tears
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america, america god shed his grace on thee and crown thy good with brotherhood ♪rom sea to shining sea ♪ ♪ ♪ america, america♪ ♪ america
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the second passage. [speaking foreign language] the translation, "as a man sheds his worn out clothes, takes other new ones likewise, the embodied soul casting off worn out body enters into other new bodies." a small prayer in from hindu scripture. [speaking foreign language] and this translation, "from untruths lead us to the truth. from darkness, lead us to the light. from death lead us to immortality. o peace, peace, and peace." may the treasured souls of our
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12 dear friends rest in peace. >> a reading from the letter to the romans. it is god who acquits us. who will condemn? it is christ jesus who died, yes, who was raised and is at the right hand of god, who indeed intercedes for us. what will separate us from the love of christ? will anger, distress, persecution, famine? nakedness, peril, or the sword? no. in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who
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has loved us. for i am convinced that neither death nor life nor angels nor rulers nor things present nor things to come nor powers nor height nor depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of god in christ jesus our lord. the word of the lord. >> would all of you join with me in praying and reading together from the ancient prayer book we
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know as psalms. this reading is from the 23rd psalm. will you read together with me? the lord is my shepherd. i shall not want. he maketh me to lie down in green pastures. he leadeth me beside the still waters. he restoreth my soul. he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. yea, though i walk through the valley of the shadow of death, i will fear no evil. for thou art with me. thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies. thou anointest my head with oil. my cup runneth over. surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and i will dwell in the house of the lord forever.
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let us pray. almighty and eternal god, we have gathered today to honor our fallen colleagues who died while serving their nation. these whom we regard as civilian sailors, as shipmates, were beloved fathers and mothers, grandfathers and grandmothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, and they were our colleagues, our neighbors, our friends. as we remember them this day, we give thanks for what they have meant to us. for their love, for their courage, for their dedication to service, to our navy, to our nation. we mourn their deaths and we
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grieve and we miss them terribly. and even as we grieve, we are also thankful for those who responded in the face of terrifying violence, for those who strove to end it, for those who gave medical assistance. for those who lent a helping hand or put an arm around a shoulder, we give thanks. gracious lord, you heal the broken hearted. you bind up their wounds. we commend to your care the families and the friends of those whom we have lost. the psalmist reminds us that we are not alone. whether we ascend to the heights or we descend to the depths or take the wings of the morning and dwell in the utter most parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead us.
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if we walk through the valley of the shadow of death itself, your right hand shall hold us. so we ask you, hold us now. comfort each one of us with the great power of your love. and in our grief and our confusion, give us light to guide us into the assurance of your love. we pray this in your holy name. amen. would you please rise as we recall the names of those whom we have lost, and remain standing for the navy hymn and for taps. following taps, please remain in place for the departure of president and mrs. obama and the families.
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these are our fallen colleagues. michael wells arnold. martin bodrog. arthur lee daniels. sylvia rene frasier. kathleen gaarde. john roger johnson. mary francis knight. frank edwin kohler.
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vishnu pandit. kenneth bernard proctor. gerald eugene read. ♪nd richard michael rigdell. ♪ ♪ almighty father, strong to save, whose arm hath bound the restless wave, who bidd'st the
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mighty ocean deep its own appointed limits keep: o hear us when we cry to thee ♪or those in peril on the sea. ♪ [taps]
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mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the lord he is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored he has loosed the wrathful lightning of his terrible swift sword ♪ truth is marching on
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