On Memorial Day, Emerald Coast Scuba and the Destin-based nonprofit Task Force Poseidon, took military veterans and active-duty troops out for a tribute dive in the Gulf of Mexico. This year that dive had a concrete destination, literally.
The four-sided concrete monument features laser-etched plaques bearing the seals of the Army, Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy, as well as tributes to veterans and those who gave their lives in service of the country.
They took the monument a couple of miles off the Destin coastline and placed an American flag with it.
"We have a lot of veterans, amputees and paraplegics that we're getting in the water and certified to dive," Dodd said. "Scuba diving is what we do, and this is just a very special and unique way for us to go out and honor our fallen."