Community Honors Fallen Heroes
These young men graduated from Leon County Schools and joined the military. They became soldiers, Navy SEALs and Green Berets and U.S. Marines, who were sent overseas, and didn't return. Tallahassee's monument to these recently fallen veterans — The Leon County Schools Wall of Remembrance, a 10,000-pound slab of granite bearing their names, ranks and alma maters that stands in front of the Bloxham Building on South Calhoun St. — was unveiled during the Wednesday morning ceremony with the help of high school junior ROTC programs and one of the region's highest-ranking and longest serving militarily officers. At the end of the ceremony, the velvet curtain was lifted and soldiers' families placed roses on the memorial and touched the names of their loved ones carved into the stone while two trumpets played an echoing rendition of Taps. I cannot find words to describe how touched I am by what they did, said Clara Aliganga, of Tallahassee.