HOUSTON, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- More than 1,000 people on Friday gathered at the Fort Hood Army base in the U.S. state of Texas to mark the first anniversary of the mass shooting at the base that left 13 people dead and more than 30 others injured.
Addressing the crowd, Army Secretary John Mchugh said the tragedy will be "a chapter in this Army that no matter how many tears may fall will never, ever be washed away and will be part of our history forever."
He also praised soldiers and civilians who showed remarkable courage and strength the same day a year ago, when a gunman opened fire on a soldier readiness center at the army base, in the worst attack on an army base in the U.S..
More than 50 soldiers and civilians were awarded for their actions "above and beyond the call of duty."
Major Nidal Hasan, an army psychiatrist, allegedly opened fire with two handguns on unarmed soldiers who were preparing for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan at a soldier readiness area at Fort Hood, the country' s largest military installation, on Nov. 5, 2009.
The shooting spree has been described as the deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. military installation. Hasan, a 40-year-old U.S. -born citizen of Palestinian descent, faces 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder.