President Bush will spend his Easter Sunday with U.S. troops at an army base in Texas. He will attend church services at Fort Hood, the home base of many soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It's a quick trip by helicopter from the president's Texas ranch to Fort Hood, home base for about 20,000 soldiers who have been deployed in Iraq. Among them are two of the seven American prisoners of war freed earlier this week, helicopter pilots David Williams and Ronald Young.
They plan to return to Fort Hood on Saturday night. And while the president has no current plans to meet them during his holiday visit to the base, his schedule could change.
The trip to Ft. Hood marks a break in tradition for the president, who prefers low-key holiday observances with his family and usually attends a church near his ranch on Easter. It is also his second visit to the base this year. In early January, he went to Fort Hood to prepare troops for the possibility of a war with Iraq.