On May 26, 2016, MIA unveiled its Wall of Honor memorial - a three-sided monument covered in polished black granite, listing the names of more than 100 South Florida military men and women who died serving in the global war on terrorism since September 11, 2001.
The memorial is located in MIA’s Concourse D departures level and has the names of the fallen heroes inscribed into the stone, along with their rank, age, date and place of death. Similar to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., visitors are able to see their own reflection in the black wall, connecting them with the engraved names. The second wall of the memorial includes an ongoing film project that serves as a living tribute honoring Gold Star Families who have also sacrificed for our freedom. The third wall displays the five U.S. military branch seals.
“This touching monument serves as a reminder to our passengers and employees that many local men and women sacrificed their lives for the safety we enjoy today. Our hope is that their families may find some peace from this Wall of Honor,” said Lester Sola, MIA Director and CEO.
The MIA Wall of Honor lists military service members from South Florida who died in the following declared theater of operations in the global war on terrorism in the years since September 11, 2001: Operation Enduring Freedom, October 7, 2001 – current (Afghanistan, Philippines, Horn of Africa, Trans Sahara, Kyrgyzstan, Caribbean, Central America, Georgia, Somalia, and Pakistan); Operation Iraqi Freedom, March 19, 2003 - August 31, 2010 (Iraq); Operation New Dawn, September 1, 2010 - December 18, 2011 (Iraq); and Operation Inherent Resolve, June 15, 2014 – current (Iraq and Syria, in the fight against ISIS).
Feel free to stop by the Wall of Honor to pay tribute to these South Florida heroes.
To learn more about our Wall of Honor and our fallen heroes watch the Wall of Honor inaugural video.