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Traveling Memorial Honors Fallen Heroes

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Remembering 11,000 heroes, 24 hours a day..

The Wall of Remembrance at Oaks By The Bay Park stands to honor Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice both overseas and at home. 

The wall traveled more than 10,000 miles last year and it will go even farther this year, but this stop the first ever in Florida.

Charlie Thompson lost his son Jacob 6.5 years ago. His goal to make sure his story keeps on living. He spoke at a remembrance ceremony, Saturday.

"From a gold star dad, who is so grateful for the son he had that put down his life for this country.. Jacob we thank you," he said.

The wall honors 11,000 people, reaching nearly 100 feet long and 6 feet high.

"It’s was only meant to go up once, but now it took a life of its own,” said Derek Hedershot. “It’s been healing across the nation. If everybody could see the piece of pie I see, of the patriots that are all over and the passion for America that is in every single town.. It would restore your faith in America.”

As it stands, the wall honors the fallen and reminds everyone else to stay vigilant.

"We're going to pray and keep the vigilance alive and keep the fight alive,” said Hendershot.

“… help heal our veterans that are coming home. There is a reason why they came home and that reason is to carry on that message and live in honor of our fallen.”

Someone is at the park twenty four hours a day reading out loud each and every name featured on the wall. The display will be up until about 3pm Sunday. Another remembrance ceremony will take place at 2 pm.