On April 2, 2014, the military community of Fort Hood, Texas, was torn by grief, rage and questions as Spc. Ivan Lopez opened fire on his fellow soldiers. It is the second time in four years that families on and off base have waited anxiously for news following a mass shooting. (Major Nidal Malik Hassan killed thirteen in November of 2009.) Perhaps those questions will never be answered, but one veteran in the community stayed focused on the things that really matter.


In November of 2009, Bob Butler erected 32 flags and 13 crosses on the lawn of Central Christian Church at Fort Hood, a flag for every victim, and a cross for every fatality on that deadly day.