The committee working toward erecting a memorial honoring the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting at Fort Hood will break ground on the structure July 22.
The ceremony is slated for 9 a.m. at the site of the memorial, next to the Killeen Convention and Conference Center.
“This has been a long time coming. It’s a good thing to finally get to this stage because now we can see that things are moving forward,” said former Killeen Mayor Tim Hancock, a committee spokesman. “It’s really a good feeling. We’re motivated and energized, and I think the groundbreaking will open it up for more exposure.”
The committee recently relaunched its fundraising campaign with a new marketing plan, which included a new website — www.November5Memorial.com.
“I believe this will help generate more interest throughout the community,” Hancock said. “We can tell that more interest has been expressed about the memorial (since the relaunch).”
An estimated $150,000 in monetary donations is needed to erect the structure.
Hancock said the committee hopes to have the memorial built by Nov. 5, so it can be dedicated on the fifth anniversary of the shooting.
A couple of local businesses are lending a hand in raising funds for the memorial.
The Field House in Harker Heights, 704 Edwards Drive, is hosting a donation drive this month.
Jay Merritt, personal trainer at the gym, said people donating $10 or more will get a free Fort Hood Memorial T-shirt as a thank you.
Residents can go by the gym Tuesday through Saturday to participate in Insanity classes and help raise funds for the memorial.
Throughout November, The Car Wash Barn will donate a portion of its proceeds to the construction of the memorial.
All four of the Car Wash Barn locations are participating in the event — 4901 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Killeen; 1701 E. Veterans Memorial Blvd., in Killeen; 101 E. U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove and 5284 W. Adams Ave., in Temple.
The Color Up 5k also will return in November, with $5 from each registration going to benefit the memorial.
The race is slated for 7:30 a.m. Nov. 8.
For more information or to register, go to colorup5k.com/killeen.