(Miami-Dade County, FL) -- As U.S. troops continue to fight overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan, Commissioner Jose "Pepe" Diaz asked his colleagues on the Miami-Dade Commission to create small memorial for the local men and women who have lost their lives while serving our country.
On Thursday, July 7, 2011, Miami-Dade commissioners approved Diaz's resolution for the County to design a plaque, known as the "Wall of Heroes," to be installed in the Stephen P. Clark Center in Downtown Miami. This memorial, which will be set up on the southeastern wall of the interior first floor lobby, will honor the 35 military personnel who have died overseas to date. The plaque will include a dedication along with the names of the deceased, each one's rank, branch of service, and operation in which he or she served.
In the future, should other military members from Miami-Dade die in service to our country, their names and information will also be added to the "Wall of Heroes."
"Every so often we read news stories of men and women from Miami-Dade who died while serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. However, as the community moves on from the pain of these sacrifices, those men and women's names may unfortunately be forgotten," said Commissioner Diaz, who served in the U.S. Marines and is the County's military liaison. "This wall will serve as a permanent reminder to residents that their rights are intact thanks to these true heroes who will forever be part of Miami-Dade County."
The "Wall of Heroes" will be installed at a later date to be determined. For more information, please contact Commissioner Diaz's office at 305-599-1200.