On May 26, MIA unveiled a Wall of Honor memorial – a 51-foot-long, three-sided monument covered in black granite, listing the names of 119 South Florida military men and women who gave their lives during the global war of terrorism since September 11, 2001.
The center wall of the monument located in MIA’s Concourse D on the departures level, the names of the fallen heroes are inscribed into the stone. Similar to the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C., the wall provides a reflection of the viewer, connecting them with the inscribed names. Also, the inscriptions allow for family and friends to make paper impressions or rubbings of their loved one’s name. The second wall includes an ongoing film project that features interviews of the family members, produced silently to pay respect during such an intimate moment. The third wall displays the five U.S. military branch seals.
“Our way of life- and air travel in particular- was changed forever by the events of 9/11, so this is our way of saying thank you to the local men and women who have died while protecting our nation,” said Director Emilio Gonzalez.
The MIA Wall of Honor lists military service member from South Florida who has died in the following declared theater of operations in the global war on terrorism 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 31, 2011 (Iraq); and Operation Inherent Resolve, June 15, 2014 – current (Iraq and Syria, in the fight against ISIS).
If your schedule permits, stop by the Wall of Honor to pay tribute to these South Florida heroes.
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