National Mounted Warfare Museum rendering

An artist's rendering shows the National Mounted Warfare Museum near the Fort Hood main gate. Fundraising efforts are underway to build the museum.

Courtesy photo | National Mounted Warfare Foundation

With the recent offer of a matching donation up to $2 million, National Mounted Warfare Museum is a step closer to breaking ground — a move that is slated to happen in the spring.

Bob Crouch, vice president of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation, said the foundation’s goal is to have all the money needed for the museum raised before ground is broken in late spring. Currently, the museum has raised around $28 million of its $37 million goal. He said there is no firm date yet for the groundbreaking.

The museum — which will highlight the soldiers and units who have been stationed at Fort Hood during the past 70 years — is slated to be built near the Fort Hood visitors center overlooking U.S. Highway 190/Interstate 14.

Fort Hood donated the land, and the Army will retain ownership and management of the museum once it opens, Crouch said in previous Herald reports.

When built, the new 66,000-square-foot museum will replace the existing Fort Hood museums.

The three-story museum will include galleries, classrooms, a store and military-like simulators where visitors can experience what it feels like to drive a tank or pilot an Army helicopter, Crouch said in a previous interview.

After one month, the National Mounted Warfare Foundation is still working hard to bring in donations to take full advantage of a $2 million matching donation pledged in November.

“I don’t have finite numbers yet on just what has been raised, but donations are continuing to come in,” Crouch said Wednesday. “We weren’t given a firm end date, but the matching donation should run until at least February.”

On Nov. 2, Dr. Richard Redalen of Colleyville pledged to match every donation made over the next three months with up to $2 million of his own money, providing potential to raise a total of $4 million. Crouch said he hopes the holiday season will encourage more people to donate to the museum.

“The majority of charitable giving takes place between Veteran’s Day and Dec. 31,” he said. “I know there are a lot of good charities out there, and we just hope people will consider giving to the foundation because this will be a really good way to honor our soldiers and our veterans.”

In previous Herald reports, officials said they were hoping to break ground by the end of 2017. For more on the project, go to www.nmwfoundation.org.

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