Heroes Speak at Global War on Terror Wall of Remembrance Ceremony

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ST. ANDREWS- Dozens gathered at Oaks by the Bay Park Sunday to honor victims of terrorist attacks and fallen soldiers at the Wall of Remembrance.

"This very wall represents what our very best has to offer. These are the veterans who gave it their all until their very last breath," said Michael Schlitz, Retired US Army Sergeant First Class.

Retired US Army Sergeant First Class Michael Schlitz was one of the speakers at the event.

He was severely wounded on February 2007, as of a result of an IED explosion.

He survived, but others in his unit died.

Schlitz suffered burns over 85 percent of his body, lost sight in one eye and both of his hands.

"A lot of people don't know what war is. A lot of people don't know the experiences that we have shared over there. So it gives them a glimpse into our life, even only if its for a moment," said Schlitz.

"A lot of people have only seen one or two names here or there or a handful but they've never been faced with 11,000 all at once," said Derek Hendershot, Wall of Remembrance Escort.

On the other side, it has a timeline with pictures of the development of the war of terrorism beginning in 1983.

At the closing ceremony, locals were also recognized for their service.

"This is the very first time this wall has ever had the proper recognition that it received," said Hendershot.

The wall has traveled 10-thousand miles last year and 15,000 this year.

The wall was inspired by a wish by active duty military for a memorial, remembrance of 911 and by Vietnam veterans.