President Barack Obama returned to Fort Hood for a memorial service honoring the victims of last week's shooting spree on post.
"Part of what makes this so painful is we have been here before," said Obama.
The Army's top brass recognized the lives of Sergeant First Class Daniel Ferguson, Staff Sergeant Carlos Lazaney-Rodriguez and Sergeant Timothy Owens. All three were gunned down when officials say a fellow soldier opened fire on post. Spc. Ivan Lopez fired 35 shots killing three and injuring 16 others before turning the gun on himself.
"Each made the ultimate sacrifice not in Iraq or Afghanistan but here at home," said Lt. General Mark Milley. Milley said Ferguson was engaged to be married and he died a hero.
"He was shot as he blocked the door protecting others," said Milley. A friend of Owens said he tried to calm the shooter down and instead he was gunned down.
All three were awarded and decorated soldiers, leaders, sons and fathers. While speaking, Obama called for more to be done to help fellow Americans struggling with mental illness. The President and First Lady met privately with victim's family members.
The three soldier's names were read aloud as the roll was called, which is an Army tradition. After a moment of silence there was a 21 gun salute and taps played.
Four of the victims remain hospitalized.