DESTIN, Fla. (WKRG) — Florida divers honored the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at an underwater memorial this weekend. WKRG News 5’s Kimber Collins dove down to it Saturday off the coast of Destin.
The memorial sits about four miles offshore and lives more than 60 feet below the surface.
“The concrete base was 400 pounds that we sank. We had the concrete pyramid that was another 400 pounds that we sank, then the metal cross.”Greg McGrath, Open Water Scuba Instructor with Emerald Coast Scuba
Local divers made the memorial a few years ago with stones from the pentagon and steel poles from the twin towers.
“These memorials are so we never forget. The scuba diving aspect brings in an extra special element to it to someone like me.”Scott Cole, Course Director Emerald Coast Scuba
Emerald Coast Scuba divers go down once a year on 9/11 to replace the American Flag hanging on it.
“When we start to dive as soon as we head underwater we hear different things, we don’t hear the noise of the world. We feel different things, we are now weightless. Some of us that have injuries whether it’s limbs or brains, those injuries go away when we enter the underwater environment. So now we can be wieghtless, motionless and at peace. These memorials that are underwater are at peace, we get to be at peace with them.”Scott Cole, Course Director Emerald Coast Scuba