Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Memorial

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Many people are not familiar with who Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians or what they do in our military. There is a place in Florida that both honors the EOD technicians and tells the public about their heroism. It's the EOD Memorial Wall. "The EOD Memorial Wall is a beautiful structure that features the names of over 300 fallen EOD warriors and it's open to the public," explains Nicole Motsek, executive director of the EOD Warrior Foundation. "We encourage people to visit the EOD memorial, and learn all they can about EOD technicians and the lifesaving work they do."

Visiting the Wall

The EOD Memorial Wall is located at the Eglin Air Force Base in the Florida panhandle. The Memorial Wall was built in 1969 and contains the names of fallen EOD warriors. The wall is on a military base that is secure, but it is open to the public. Weekday times are 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., with holiday and weekend hours being noon until 4:00 p.m. If you are planning a trip to the area and would like to visit outside of normal hours, please contact them and they will do everything possible to accommodate a visit to the Wall. For those who cannot visit the memorial in person, there is a virtual wall with names, bios and photos of the fallen EOD warriors on the EOD Warrior Foundation website.

Memorial Weekend Events

The EOD Warrior Foundation will be hosting a memorial weekend, filled with activities. The EOD Memorial Weekend is May 6-7, 2016, and features events including a golf tournament, memorial ceremony, and an annual ball where LtCol Oliver North USMC (Ret.) will be the Keynote Speaker. For more information on the EOD Memorial Weekend activities, visit the site at: http://www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/eodweekend.

Who are the EOD Technicians

There are around 7,000 EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal) technicians in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force, performing the most dangerous job in the military, as they disarm explosive devices on the battlefields and at home. Many EOD personnel come home with debilitating injuries, including lost limbs, blindness, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries (TBI), burns, and the invisible wounds of war, such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Have a comment to share? Like us on Facebook - OffbeatTravelCom and post your comment.

April 5, 2016

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