When NRCA member, Texas Roofing Co., Round Rock, was approached in 2015 by Rep. John Carter (R-Texas) about installing the metal roof system on a memorial in Killeen, Texas, to be dedicated to the 13 victims of the Nov. 5, 2009, shooting rampage at Fort Hood, company president Rick Birkman didn’t hesitate to accept.
He contacted Elk Grove Village, Ill.-based Peterson Aluminum/PAC-CLAD Metal Roofing who agreed to donate materials for the memorial’s 13-sided gazebo-style roof.
The Fort Hood memorial, was dedicated Friday, March 11.
The unique design of the memorial is meant to represent each life claimed in the Fort Hood attacks. Each of the 13 marble columns is etched with each victim’s name, rank and individual story. In addition, each column includes a replica of something that was important to each victim. Items include a coffee mug and a carving of Scooby Doo.
In addition, an opening in the center of the roof allows a large American flag to be flown.
“The memorial took a lot of time and a lot of care,” Birkman says.
During the March 11 dedication, 13 trees were planted for each of the victims, who were each awarded a Texas Purple Heart by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. Each victim also was remembered with a national Purple Heart.