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Wall of Heroes honoring those lost in WWII

County’s fallen heroes and military servicemen and women were honored through a ground-breaking Wall of Heroes monument ceremony

On Tuesday, October 18, Chairman Diaz held a groundbreaking ceremony to honor the military fallen heroes of Miami-Dade County who were killed in the line of action from WWII to the present day.

Held in the Stephen P. Clark Center atrium, the ceremony broke ground on the Wall of Heroes monument dedicated to remembering all those who sacrificed their lives for the nation.

members inauguration the Wall of Heroes

Remembering the fallen heroes

Jose Pepe Diaz, Chairman of Miami-Dade County’s Military Affairs Board and Military Liaison, joined County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava, Gus Cruz, Executive Director of the Military Affairs Board, U.S Southern Command Army Major General, along with Rafael Ribas, Deputy Commander for Mobilization and Reserve Affairs, and other representatives from Dakota Granite and BEA Architects to break ground on the Wall of Heroes monument.

The monument will serve as a reminder of all the men and women who served in the U.S Armed forces and belonged to Miami-Dade County.

Speaking to the attendees, Chairman Diaz said, “This monument made of granite and steel will represent their sacrifice.”

Walls of Heroes will soon be erected at the Stephen Clark Center

More about the monument

The Wall of Heroes, designed by BEA Architects, will be shaped like a pentagon and constructed inside the Stephen P. Clark Center atrium as a centerpiece to remember the county’s fallen heroes.

It will engrave each person’s name, rank, branch, and final military service to recognize their sacrifice for the nation. The design is carefully curated to ensure that each branch of the armed services is recognized separately and uniquely.

At the center of Walls of Heroes, there’ll be a flagstaff with an American flag draped at half-mast.

Initially, the historical monument was intended to display the fallen military personnel who died in Iraq and Afghanistan while carrying Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.

However, the Board decided to expand this to honor every man and woman killed in action from World War II to the present day.  

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