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Life-Size Statues Dedicated to Veterans Placed in the Gulf of Mexico

Twenty-four life-size statues of US service personnel are slated to be placed in the Gulf of Mexico, as a memorial dedicated to US military veterans.

The statues were placed on a huge plinth weighing an impressive 2,000lbs/907kg and rest on the seabed at 40 feet/12 meters. The statues form a 100-foot/30-meter circle called the “Circle of Heroes” and face a pentagon-shaped monument. The five-sided monument has bronze emblems on each side to honor the various branches of the US military: the Air Force, the Army, the Navy, the Marine Corps, and the Coast Guard.

Fundraising efforts for the memorial were led by former Florida Representative David Jolly through his nonprofit Brighter Future Florida.

According to the director of the nonprofit David White, who told Military Times:

“It’s a dive destination — yes. But it’s also going to give back to the veterans that may be able to benefit from it.”

The memorial is also intended to help veterans who are suffering from trauma, PTSD, and depression. The opening ceremony for the memorial is scheduled for later in August.

You can check out a video about the Circle of Heroes below.

Circle of Heroes deployment b-roll
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy
Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life! Sam is a Staff Writer for


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