A new underwater memorial honors US military veterans and serves as an artificial reef to preserve marine life
- The Circle of Heroes is an underwater memorial honoring military veterans who served in the US Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy.
- Twelve statues were sunk in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Florida to create the memorial, and an additional twelve will be added in 2020.
- The memorial also acts as an artificial reef to help sustain marine life.
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These statues are being sunk in the Gulf of Mexico.
They make up an underwater memorial honoring US military veterans.It's called the "Circle of Heroes."
The statues are located 10 miles off the coast of Clearwater, Florida.
The memorial represents those serving in the US armed forces.
The statues are 40 feet below the surface.
So visitors have to dive to see the statues up close.
The memorial could also help aquatic life by serving as an artificial reef.An artificial reef can attract fish under the right conditions.
There are currently 12 life-sized statues.
An additional 12 will be added in 2020 to complete the memorial.