Miami International Airport has unveiled its Wall of Honor memorial – a 51ft-long monument covered in black granite stone that lists the names of 118 military service men and women from South Florida, USA, who have given their lives while serving in any overseas contingency mission or declared theater of operations in the global war on terrorism since September 11, 2001. More than 100 family members and friends of the fallen service members, representatives from the South Florida military community, and MIA and Miami-Dade County officials were on hand for the opening ceremony.
The central wall of the monument, located in MIA’s Concourse D on the departures level, includes the names of the fallen inscribed into the stone. Like the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC, the surface of the wall also provides a reflection of the viewer, connecting them with the inscribed names. Additionally, the wall’s inscriptions allow visitors to make paper impressions or rubbings of their family member’s name. The second wall includes an ongoing film project featuring photos of fallen service members and their families as they gather to honour their lost loved ones. The third wall displays the seals of the five US military branches.