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Corbin: A lack of funds a 'black eye'

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This year will mark the fifth anniversary of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood, and Killeen Mayor Dan Corbin said it’s a “black eye” on the community that the funds to erect a memorial still have not been raised.

A sign with “We will remember” splashed across it in bold letters sits on a parcel of land adjacent to the Killeen Civic and Conference Center. It’s marked the place where the memorial will go since its unveiling in 2010.

The memorial will honor the 13 killed in the 2009 shooting at Fort Hood’s Soldier Readiness Processing Center.

“It’s somewhat embarrassing as a community that we have not been able to extend our hand in generosity to this effort,” Corbin said. “I think that is a black eye on our community. It’s really kind of embarrassing.”

Former Mayor Tim Hancock, chairman of the memorial committee, briefed the City Council at its Tuesday workshop meeting about the memorial's current funding.

Hancock said of the estimated $425,000 it will take to erect the memorial, $160,403 has been raised. The committee has spent $112,197 of the funds its raised to purchase bronze sculptures commemorating the 13 killed. The sculptures are on display in the Killeen Civic and Conference Center.

Hancock said an estimated $265,242 is needed to complete the structure.

“In this area, on that day, we were as close to Afghanistan, Iraq and any other war zone as we have ever been, because it happened right (here),” he said. “If we can recognize soldiers when they are walking around, then we (should) be able to recognize them when they have gone beyond.”

To donate to the Fort Hood memorial, go to www.forthoodmemorial.com.

Contact Natalie Stewart at nstewart@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7555

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