Committee members with the Nov. 5, 2009, Fort Hood Memorial in Killeen will hold a short ceremony at the site at 2 p.m. Sunday to mark the eighth anniversary of the tragic event. The public is invited.
Killeen Mayor Jose Segarra and other city officials are expected to attend. There will also be a moment of silence and committee members will reflect on the work that went into the memorial and what it means to the memories of those killed in the shooting.
“We did promise to never forget,” said Timothy Hancock, a co-chairman of the memorial committee.
The memorial is between the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and the Shilo Inn in the 3700 block of South W.S. Young Drive. It was dedicated in 2016.
The $400,000 memorial — paid for through donations and in-kind services — includes a gazebo, 13 bronze sculptures symbolizing those killed and a flagpole at the center.
The memorial honors the 12 soldiers and one civilian killed in the shooting. They are Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, Maj. Libardo Caraveo, Capt. John Gaffaney, Capt. Russell Seager, Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger, Spc. Kham Xiong, Spc. Frederick Greene, Spc. Jason Hunt, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, Pfc. Michael Pearson, Pfc. Francheska Velez and Army civilian Michael Cahill, a retired chief warrant officer.
Nidal Hasan, the former Army major and psychiatrist who was convicted in the attack, was found guilty in August 2013 on 13 counts of premeditated murder and was sentenced to death. He now is on death row at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Hasan was armed with a pair of handguns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when he opened fire at a troop medical processing station.