'Dog tag' memorial on Tampa's Riverwalk honors fallen heroes

The mobile display symbolizes the shape of the flag when draped on a fallen service members casket.
The Fallen Heroes Memorial will remain on display at the waterside entrance to the Tampa Convention Center through Sunday. [Tampa Convention Center/Twitter]
The Fallen Heroes Memorial will remain on display at the waterside entrance to the Tampa Convention Center through Sunday. [Tampa Convention Center/Twitter]
Published June 28

TAMPA -- A 28-foot-wide American flag made of dog tags of fallen soldiers is on display on Tampa’s Riverwalk throughout the Warrior Games.

The mobile display, part of the Fallen Heroes Memorial, symbolizes the shape of the flag when draped on a fallen service members casket, according to Veterans & Athletes United.

The 6-foot-tall flag is made up of nearly 7,000 dog dogs of those lost in the War on Terror. Fifty gold stars honor gold star families across the nation.

A battlefield cross sculpted from mahogany wood by artist Alicia Dietz is displayed in front of the flag.

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The hope is to raise awareness about the sacrifices made by the members of the nation's military.

The flag will remain on display at the waterside entrance to the Tampa Convention Center through Sunday.

Contact Yenis Mooradian at ymooradian@tampabay.com.

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