Construction is scheduled to begin next week on a memorial to those killed in the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood.
“The first phase is site preparation, then electrical work and concrete work,” said former Killeen Mayor Fred Latham, spokesman for the memorial committee.
The projected start date for construction is Dec. 1.
The memorial committee, formed in 2010, currently needs about $70,000 to complete the $402,000 project that will honor the 13 killed and 32 injured at a Fort Hood soldier processing center.
The memorial features a circular, open-air pavilion with 13 black granite columns. Each column will be inscribed with a victim’s name and likeness with a bronze sculpture representing aspects of the victim’s interests and personality fixed atop.
A large, illuminated flagpole will rise from the center of the pavilion, which will be surrounded by benches and trees.
The memorial will be built between the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and the Shilo Inn on W.S. Young Drive.
Latham said a 15-foot easement must be established between city property and the site, and Oncor offered to dig a trench for the placement of electrical lines that will supply power to the memorial.
Former Mayor Timothy Hancock, also a member of the memorial committee, said in-kind donations continue to come in, and he stressed their importance to the project’s completion.
“We’ve got lots of help coming from the community, and we appreciate it,” he said. “About the only thing we don’t have nailed down is the steel.”
Connie Kuehl, Killeen Civic and Conference Center director, also a member of the committee, said major donors will be recognized on plaques surrounding the memorial.
“We really appreciate all those who donate to the project; it means a lot,” she said.
Several fundraisers will benefit the memorial project.
Reed Exposition will bring its carnival to the area surrounding the Killeen rodeo grounds Saturday through Dec. 7, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to the memorial project.
Through the end of November, Car Wash Barn will donate a portion of proceeds from every car wash to the project.
A recent Color Up 5k drew more than 2,000 participants; the committee anticipates receiving about $10,000 for the memorial from the race.
For more information or to donate, go to November5Memorial.com.