Groundbreaking Memorial Ceremony honors the victims killed in November Fort Hood shooting

POSTED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 6:02pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 - 9:26pm

A ground breaking ceremony was held in Killeen on Tuesday morning, to honor and remember those who were killed during the Fort Hood terrorist attack on November 5 2009.

During the attack, Nidal Malik Hasan, a U.S. Army major and psychiatrist killed 13 people and injured 32 others.

The new memorial will honor those victims and stand 3601 S. WS Young Drive. The vision was conceptualized by Hiram Dixon, a resident who was in South Dakota when the shooting occurred. His plans will be brought to life through the sculpting hands of Troy Kelley.

In the memorial concept,13 pillars will surround a pavilion. On top of each pillar,a favorite object of each of the victims, casted in bronze.

"I wanted to personalize it and really remind the viewers that this was a person. This was a person that had a family and a home. " Said Kelley

Kelley also explained the significance of each statue, including a baby Scooby-Doo nestled up to its mother.

"This was Francheska Velez favorite object. She was pregnant at the time. I spoke with the father, and he said, he would like it if I could honor that little baby. So, I made a baby Scooby-Doo. I attended the trial through closed circuit. It said, that several of the witnesses said, her last words were, my baby,my baby!" Said Kelly

Organizers hope to complete the project by this November but are still in need of donations.

"November 5, 2014 is not that far away. Based on what we have collected so far, based on the response we have seen even today I'm very excited on moving forward." Said Brian Vanichek, SPJST President

U.S. Senator John Cornyn issued a statement regarding the Fort Hood Memorial groundbreaking ceremony .

“I applaud the hard work of the talented Troy Kelley and the supporters who have made the Fort Hood Memorial a reality. It is an important day for the families of the fallen and the larger Fort Hood community. It is also a somber reminder that Congress must do its part to bring justice to the fallen and their families by approving legislation awarding the Purple Heart to the victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, terrorist attack.”

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