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Memorial for victims of blast in West, Texas

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Firefighters stand at attention as mourners applaud a West, Texas fire engine during a processional before the start of a memorial service honoring those killed in the West, Texas fertilizer plant explosion at the Ferrell Center on the Baylor University campus in Waco, Texas on Thursday.

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Members of the Patriot Guard line the road for a procession in Waco prior to a memorial service for first responders who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas.

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An honor guard stand in front of caskets prior to a memorial service in Waco, Texas for first responders who died in last week's fertilizer plant explosion in the small town of West.

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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 at Baylor University in Waco.

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The damage from the fertilizer plant explosion is seen from helicopters in accompanying President Barack Obama in West, Texas, en route to Baylor University, where the president was to speak at a memorial service.

NBC News reports:

President Obama flew to the somber event after attending the dedication of the George W. Bush presidential library in Dallas on Thursday morning. Texas Sen. John Cornyn and first lady Michelle Obama were also attending Thursday's memorial service. 

Before the memorial, 1,000 firefighters from across the U.S. held a half-mile-long procession in Waco to honor the fallen firefighters.

Meanwhile, on Monday, the first individual lawsuit was filed as a result of the explosion. A single mom who lived next door to the West Fertilizer plant is seeking up to a million dollars after she and her 14-year-old son "lost all their worldly possessions," the suit says.

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