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Posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 12:00 pm | Updated: 9:09 am, Thu Aug 16, 2012.

By Amanda Kim Stairrett

Fort Hood Herald

Army Secretary John McHugh and Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey Jr. are set visit Fort Hood Friday to attend events marking the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 5 shooting that left 13 dead and more than 30 wounded.

The Fort Hood community will honor and celebrate service and sacrifice Friday and Saturday as the post observes the one-year anniversary of the Nov. 5 shooting at the Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

The post will host an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday, recognizing more than 50 soldiers and civilians, "who went above and beyond the call of duty" during and after the shooting.

One of those is Capt. John P. Gaffaney, one of the 13 victims. His family is set to receive the Soldier's Medal in his honor, said Maj. Gen. William Grimsley, Fort Hood's senior commander.

Gaffaney, a National Guard officer, was shot and killed last year when attempting to charge the shooter and take him down.

More than 100 families of the fallen will be in attendance, according to information from Fort Hood.

The recognition ceremony is by invitation only.

Military and local Association of the U.S. Army officials will also unveil a memorial stone at the post's Memorial Park. The monument was purchased through donations to the Central Texas-Fort Hood chapter's Tragedy Assistance Fund, according to information from the organization.

The park is located by the Old Post Chapel on 761st Tank Battalion Avenue.

McHugh is scheduled to speak during a Friday morning awards ceremony and memorial unveiling, according to information from his office.

A remembrance service will begin at 1 p.m. to honor Gaffaney, Lt. Col. Juanita L. Warman, Maj. Libardo Caraveo, Capt. Russell Seager, Staff Sgt. Justin Decrow, Sgt. Amy Krueger, Spc. Jason Hunt, Spc. Frederick Greene, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, Pfc. Michael Pearson, Spc. Kham Xiong, Pvt. Francheska Velez and retired Chief Warrant Officer Michael Cahill - the 13 killed Nov. 5.

The public is invited to attend the hourlong service at Cameron Field, located on Battalion Avenue between 25th and 27th streets.

The ceremony, which is open to the public, will include a moment of silence and conclude with a retreat ceremony, in which Fort Hood flags will be lowered for the day and taps will be played. All soldiers will be released for the day following the service.

The duty day is set to end at the time the shooting started, Grimsley said.

Casey is scheduled to speak during the afternoon remembrance ceremony, according to information from McHugh's office.

A ceremony near the Killeen Civic and Conference Center will follow at 4:30 p.m. The concept for a Nov. 5 memorial is set to be unveiled by city and SPJST officials. SPJST is a local civic organization that spearheaded the project.

"The memorial will remind the state, the nation and the world to never forget the sacrifices made by those who were in the line of fire," according to SPJST.

For more on the project, visit http://www.spjst.org/memorialgarden.html.

Contact Amanda Kim Stairrett at astair@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7547. Follow her on Twitter at KDHmilitary or www.facebook.com/astairrett.

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