Central Texans pay tribute to Fort Hood soldiers

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TEMPLE, TX- Today the President of the United States paid respects to the fallen Fort Hood soldiers who died earlier this week.

Lining the street near the soldiers’ home in Temple the community followed suit paying their respects as well.

The two Apache helicopter pilots, Chief Warrant Officer David C. Knadle of Texas and Chief Warrant Officer Kirk T. Fuchigami of Hawaii, assigned to Fort Hood died in Afghanistan while supporting Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Escorted by a group of officers, the widows of both soldiers returned to their home after identifying their bodies.

On their journey back to their community, that could’ve been lonely, they were reminded that they have support.

Organizers say that the close-knit-community was more than willing to stand with the families of the fallen.

“Its truely amazing to see a community come together so fast. This came together within hours and its just great. Its heart warming during a heart breaking time,” said Sara Allen a friend to one soldiers family.

Civilians and military families even checked some of their kids out of school early to be apart of the tribute.

One friend to both the soldeirs says the character of this community showed in a way that will never be forgotten.

“Being a military wife, it means so much to see that people care that they really care and want to come out and support,” Angela Chrisman said.

Neighbors say their message to the soldier’s loved ones is simple.

“To know that their husbands’ life was not in vain adn that people in the community care and they appreciate the sacrifice that’s been made,” Allen said.

“This isn’t the end. McKenzie will be with Kirk again. Even though he isn’t physically here physically to be with her,” said Ryan Olzack a one of the soldier’s neighbor.

FOX44’s Kendall Green has the story in the video above.

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