EOD Remembrance Garden

Peace, Comfort, and Honor

Almost since the beginning, we have received comments and suggestions from warriors, family members, and friends within the EOD community asking for a space where they may sit and reflect on our community, honor those no longer with us and celebrate those who continue to share our lives. This space and area will honor and include not only those currently on the EOD Wall but also those who continued an EOD life after separation or retirement and lost their life in that line of work, those that continued their struggle after deployments but never fully healed, those currently deployed, and those that had a significant meaning in someone’s life.

 

Without modifying or changing the current EOD Memorial, this plan will expand the grounds to include a separate area approximately 400 feet northeast of the EOD Wall. This will not impact the Memorial’s current appearance. Additionally, there will be no impact to the immediate troop assembly areas or walkways that surround the EOD Wall currently used for events such as the annual EOD Memorial Service and EOD Graduation Ceremonies.

 

The Remembrance Area will have several permanent benches surrounding a statue that represents the EOD warrior. This area will be inclusive of the various branches of service and all EOD warriors.


This expansion has an estimated budget of $100,000 and includes all costs and supplies. I am pleased to report that we have been able to incorporate these costs into our overall 2021 budget without causing a negative impact on our other programmatic areas or support for families. Please see the links on the top and bottom of this page if you would like to add your support to this effort and add your own commemorative paver to this space in honor of someone or a group.

 

The Remebrance Garden is complete with exception to the installation of the statue, which is in the process of being bronzed.  


Brick orders placed after Monday, 4 April are not guaranteed to be installed in the walkway area prior to the unveiling scheduled for Thursday, 5 May 2022.

  

As always, we welcome your questions and feedback. You may contact our Executive Director, Nicole Motsek, directly at nicole@eodwarriorfoundation.org or call our offices at 850.729.2336.




As many of you know, the EOD Warrior Foundation has begun the process of a Memorial Grounds Expansion, the EOD Remembrance Garden, that will house a statue in remembrance of all EOD Techs. In May, we shared the initial announcement from Greg Mittelman, our Chairman, announcing the expansion and vault that is to be buried beneath this expansion area, filled with memorabilia sent in by EOD warriors and their families.  The vault will be manufactured from an older set of cenotaphs that were once standing at the

EOD Memorial Wall. 

Please join us in sending in a memory, letter, or other item that you would like included in the vault. This is not a time capsule, so please know that whatever item you send in will remain at the remembrance area permanently. You may send in anything you like, as long as the size does not exceed 4″ x 4″ x 4″. 

 Some ideas might include:  Photograph, letter, card, coin, shirt, etc.  

All items in sealed envelopes will not be opened, but must be properly labeled as follows: 

EOD Warrior Foundation Office

Attn: Vault

716 Crestview Ave, Niceville, FL 32578


Thank you all for sharing your memories and keeping the promise of “We Remember.”

For questions please email: info@eodwarriorfoundation.org or call 850-729-2336