President Spends Third Straight Easter With Fort Hood Troops
By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Mar. 28, 2005 President Bush continued what has become an annual tradition, spending his third straight year in Easter Sunday services with soldiers at Fort Hood, Texas, March 27.
First lady Laura Bush, their daughters, Jenna and Barbara, and the president's parents, former President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush, accompanied him.
"It's an honor to be here at Fort Hood to celebrate Easter with those who wear the nation's uniform," the president said.
The Bush family worshipped at the 4th Infantry Division chapel. "We prayed for peace, (and) we prayed for our soldiers and their families," the president told reporters afterward.
Fort Hood, about 40 miles from the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch, has been a major contributor of forces in Iraq. The 1st Cavalry Division just returned from duty in Iraq, and the 4th Infantry Division is slated to return to the country this fall for its second tour.
During his weekly radio address on the day before Easter, the president told the nation that servicemembers "are keeping America secure and advancing liberty in the world."
"We remember especially those who have given their lives in freedom's cause," Bush said. "Their sacrifice is a testament to the words of scripture: "Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
And commander in chief had a special Easter message to the families of those serving: "It can be very difficult when someone you love is deployed on a dangerous mission in a distant land. I appreciate the sacrifices our military families are making, and Americans know that their contributions are vital to our success in the war on terror."