When Rick Birkman, president of Texas Roofing Co. Inc., Round Rock, was approached 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 at Fort Hood, Texas, Birkman didn't hesitate to help.
Birkman contacted Petersen Aluminum Corp., Elk Grove Village, Ill., who agreed to donate SNAP-CLAD™ 16-inch standing-seam aluminum metal roof panels, and Birkman's company donated the labor to install the roof system on the 13-sided memorial with trim custom-manufactured in Texas Roofing's sheet metal shop. The memorial's unique design includes 13 marble columns etched with each victim's name, rank and individual story, and an opening in the center of the roof allows an American flag to be flown.
The Fort Hood Memorial was dedicated March 11 when 13 trees were planted for each of the victims. Each victim posthumously was awarded a national Purple Heart and a Texas Purple Heart by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.