By Debbie StevensonKilleen Daily HeraldThe 4th Infantry Division is set to begin work Monday on the planned expansion to the Iraq War memorial at Fort Hood after a pledge to provide materials and labor by a local builder significantly boosted the funds needed to complete the project, a project spokesman said Friday.We are beginning preliminary construction work Monday, and appreciate all of the support that we have received, said Chris Sauceda, president for the 4th Infantry Division Association, which is leading the fundraising drive.Builder Scott Cosper has all the concrete work, and brick work, along with the labor lined up as a donation in-kind, Sauceda said.Lt. Col. Peter Bacon, the divisions project engineer, estimated Cospers pledge was worth about $40,000, half of the $80,000 needed to complete the expansion of the current memorial next to the divisions headquarters at Fort Hood.The division already had received $18,000 from donors when Cosper made his pledge two weeks ago. The latest donations as of Friday totaled $8,577 and included: 66-Hands, $66; Mark and Sandra Ables, $100; Ricky & Judy Atchison, $10; Robert Babcock, $100; Florida Realtor Barbara Brady, $500; Howard Builta, $50; David Chavez, $5; Connell Chevrolet, $2,500; Jack and Carolyn Fielding, $20; Future Skys, Incs., $1,000; Gayle and Susan Gertson, $100; Clyde and Janic Glosson, $50; Greenleaf Nursery, $500; Clinton and Phyllis Griffin, $10; Bob and Mary Beth Harrell, $1,000; Heights Lumber Company, $250; Arnold and Shirley Hilliard, $55; retired Col. and Mrs Oran Hrncir, $100; John Hunt, $100; Isdale Chiropractic, $500; Abraham and Beth Jacquot, $50; retired Master Sgt. Danny Johnson, $20; JWC Property Management, $500; John Kapior, $100; Robert Krueger, $25; Kent and Heather Lane, $100; Lt. Col. Ivor and Margaret McKay, $100; Philip and Brenda Menendez, $100; Metroplex Health System, $500; Lt. Col. James and Kathleen Mingo, $50; and Salado High School freshmen, $6.The donations, including the estimated building and materials, received by the association total $66,577, leaving $13,423 to go.Association officials last week also received pledges totaling $12,500. That money has not been included in the total still to be raised as of Friday.On Friday, the Killeen Heights Rotary Club began a two-week drive to have its members donate to the memorial. The club board has pledged to match the members contributions, up to $1,500, said Richard Kitterman, who announced the effort during the groups weekly meeting.Sauceda told the Rotarians on Friday the names of all donors to the expansion, regardless of the amount, will be included on a plaque.The response from the community has been tremendous, and I cant say thank you enough, Sauceda said. Continued support as we work through the construction is imperative for us to complete the project on time. Thanks again to everyone that has helped us honor our nations heroes.The division has targeted Feb. 15 for the unveiling date, which means the money had to be raised and a contract signed by Nov. 15.Division officials continue to insist the memorial will not move to Colorado with the divisions transfer to Fort Carson next year. The division was ordered to return its colors to Fort Carson under the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure process.Plans for the expansion include an outerwall and 15-foot-wide walkway around the current monuments wall that includes a concrete bench on the inside of the outer wall to allow visitors to sit and face inward. The names of the divisions fallen from the current yearlong deployment to Iraq will be placed outside of the inner high wall.The 4th Infantry Division Association Ironhorse Chapter at Fort Hood is handling the donation drive. Checks should be made payable to the 4ID Association Fort Hood Chapter and sent to P.O. Box 5009, Fort Hood TX 76544. Indicate on donations that the money is intended for the 4ID Memorial. Donations also can be made online at www.4idmemorial.com.Contact Debbie Stevenson at email@example.com
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