Today marks the seventh anniversary of the tragic Fort Hood shooting that killed 13 people and wounded 30 others. People around the nation are pausing to remember those that were lost on this grave day.
Flowers were laid on the memorial site in Killeen early this morning by committee members. The site honors the memories of the 12 soldiers and one civilian that were lost.
Just last year the living victims and family members of those lost were presented with Purple Hearts and Secretary of Defense Medals for the Defense of Freedom. The memoriam site was then dedicated in their honor.
The names of the victims lost are: Lt. Col. Juanita Warman, Maj. Libardo Caraveo, Capt. John Gaffaney, Capt. Russell Seager, Staff Sgt. Justin DeCrow, Staff Sgt. Amy Krueger, Spc. Kham Xiong, Spc. Frederick Greene, Spc. Jason Hunt, Pfc. Aaron Nemelka, Pfc. Michael Pearson, Pfc. Francheska Velez and Army civilian Michael Cahill.
The memorial can be found between the Killeen Civic and Conference Center and the Shilo Inn on 3700 South W.S. Young Drive. The site includes a gazebo, 13 statutes of the brave souls lost and an American Flag waving over all.