The committee working toward construction of a memorial honoring the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood has revitalized its efforts to raise funds, and the memorial could be built as soon as the next anniversary of the tragic shooting.
The idea for a memorial to honor the 13 killed in the shooting at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center was conceived in 2009, and the Killeen City Council authorized its development and location next to the Killeen Civic and Conference Center in 2010. However, over the past few years, the project has seen a lull in donations.
In an effort to break ground on the project next month and begin construction soon after, the committee is taking on a new marketing initiative, which includes the launch of a new website — www.November5Memorial.com.
“Our goal is to get momentum going in raising funds. (A marketing plan) is something we haven’t had in the past, and really and truly we think this is going to move us forward,” said former Killeen Mayor Timothy Hancock, a committee spokesman. “I think we’re on the right track and it’s going to let the citizens of Central Texas know that we are serious and we are going to build this memorial, and I think they will start making contributions.”
Hancock said the committee hopes to have the structure built by Nov. 5, so it can be dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the shooting.
Former Mayor Fred Latham, also a committee spokesman, said he believes once ground is broken for the memorial, more people will get involved and make contributions.
“It’s like any project that we see; when people see construction, they’re more apt to contribute or volunteer,” he said. “There are many worthwhile projects; we just feel like this is a relationship with Fort Hood that we need to honor. It represents the relationship we have with the military who are stationed here, that we are behind them and we respect and honor all the things that they do.”
Hancock said the committee needs about $150,000 to complete the project.
The total cost estimate for the memorial is $402,530, according to the new website, which breaks down each component of the memorial and what it will cost to construct.
Visitors to the site can view artist’s renderings of the memorial, chart its progress and watch a video interview with Latham and Hancock.
The new website also allows for those wishing to donate to do so on the website by using PayPal.