Fort Hood Memorial

Flags surround the Fort Hood Shooting Memorial on Thursday, March 10, 2016, on W.S. Young Drive in Killeen.

A 10th anniversary remembrance ceremony will honor those who died and were injured in the mass shooting that took place Nov. 5, 2009, at Fort Hood.

The ceremony, open to the public, will be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 5 at the Fort Hood Memorial Pavilion, which contains a collection of statues honoring those who died.

The pavilion is on South WS Young Drive, between the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and Shilo Inn.

A moment of silence will be held at 1:20 p.m. following the opening prayer, organizers said. After the silence, taps will be played.

Tim Hancock, a former Killeen mayor will speak followed by Brian Vanicek, who will speak about the history of the memorial built in the years following the shooting, which claimed 13 lives and injured more than 30.

Reading of the names of the fallen will be followed by reading of the names of the wounded to remember those who were lost or hurt, said Hancock, who is with the Fort Hood Memorial Committee of Killeen, which is organizing the event.

The memorial event will close with the singing of God Bless America.

“It makes me feel great that we were able to build that memorial,” Hancock said.

For Hancock, the event is especially meant for the families of those who were killed or wounded.

“I want to support those family members that lost their loved ones … I felt like I had a relationship with them,” said Hancock, who was the Killeen mayor at the time of the shooting. He was also on post at the time of the shooting, and was nearby the medical processing facility where the shooting occurred.

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