Killeen is known for its military presence and economically depending much on the post and the soldiers stationed there.
A museum dedicated to the soldiers of Fort Hood has been in the works for several years.
Officials of the National Mounted Warfare Foundation say that dream is slowly, but surely, inching closer to a reality.
“The community knows how to support our soldiers, and its really, the story of the museum is about telling the stories of the four areas, soldiers,veterans, families, and the community,” said Bob Crouch, Vice President, NMWF.
National Mounted Warfare Foundation or NMWF, has made it their mission to recognize the mounted warriors of the United States Army as seen through the lens of Central Texas.
“That land isn’t just about the soldiers and veterans, it’s just as much about the family because a soldier couldn’t do his job without the support of family,” said Crouch, “they couldn’t do it without their wives, and for those who aren’t married, their extended family as well.”
The museum will represent the history of mounted soldiers specifically, for example, ones that rode in battle on horseback, as well as the tanks and infantryman.
But not only will guests be able to touch and view the history preserved inside the main gallery, but there will also be an outdoor area.
The outside location will hold vintage and modern military vehicles and several army monuments and memorials in hopes of giving the guests a chance to physically interact and virtually experience what it was like in battle and war zones.
The museum will be located in Central Texas right in front of the visitors main gate.
The main museum facility is proposed to be roughly 66,000 square feet and will include exhibits, interactive galleries, classrooms, a theater and a childrens area.”
The museum’s funding capital campaign goal is aimed for over 38 million dollars and they currently have raised 47 % of it.
Crouch says it will be the ideal place for local schools to bring kids on field trips and turn into a learning experience.
“The warrior museum will bring people from across the state and across the nation to our area and not just that I’m thinking of the educational aspect of what we’re trying to do here.”
If all goes according to plan and if funding stays smoothly, Crouch says they are aiming to break ground by the end of 2017 and open their doors by 2019.
A Homecoming for Heroes II Gala will be held benefiting the foundation on June 11, 2016 at 6 pm.
Tickets are $75 or business may purchase a table of ten chairs for $1,500.
The gala will take place at the SC RIver Ranch in Oakalla, Texas.
That address is 28620 FM 963, Oakalla, Texas 78608.
Special guests will include Roger Williams, U.S. Congressman, Dustin Keller, Former NFL Tight End, and several NCAA head coaches.
For any additional information on the gala or the museum, call 254-213-5014 or visit them at 215 West Avenue D in Killeen.