Obama to West, Texas: 'You're not alone'

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama bow their heads behind a photo of volunteer firefighter Capt. Cyrus Adam Reed, who was killed, as they attend the memorial for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, Thursday, April 25, 2013, at Baylor University in Waco,Texas. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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WACO, Texas (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling mourners at a memorial service for victims of a Texas plant explosion that their community is not alone.

With a dozen flag-draped coffins of volunteers and firefighters before him, Obama said: "We're neighbors too. We're American too, we stand with you and we do not forget."

The April 17 fertilizer plant fire in West, Texas, erupted and leveled part of the town and killed 14 people. The memorial service was held at Baylor University in nearby Waco.

Obama attended the service with first lady Michele Obama on the same day he shared the stage in Dallas with four former presidents gathered for the dedication of George W. Bush's presidential library.

Obama says: "We give thanks for the courage and the compassion and incredible grace of the people of West."

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