(CNN) — On the sandy bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, 12 concrete statues stand in a circle to honor the men and women who have served in the US military.
The life-size statues are arranged in a 100-foot circle and represent members of five branches of the US military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
The memorial is 40 feet down, so visitors will need scuba gear to see it.
“Wow, that’s amazing,” he said. “Especially after losing so many people that I knew over there.”
The memorial is expected to be a popular attraction for divers, but some hope that it will also be a place of healing for veterans.
Circle of Heroes organizers plan to install 12 more of the 6-foot-tall statues at the memorial in 2020.