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The U.S. Coast Guard is lowering another statue into the Gulf of Mexico as they add to the Circle of Heroes.

The Circle of Heroes is was built as the first underwater memorial. The latest statue is the 13th, and it honors U.S. Coast Guard Seaman Apprentice William R. Flores. The sailor was lost in a nearby collision in Tampa Bay. The incident was the worst peacetime disaster the Coast Guard has suffered.

Flores posthumously received the Coast Guard Medal for remaining aboard and rescuing fellow Coast Guard members. He and 22 others were lost in the sinking of the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn on January 28, 1980.

The Circle of Heroes memorial opened in the Gulf of Mexico off Clearwater in 2019. It honors veterans of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The memorial is located about 10 miles off the coast of Dunedin Beach in the Gulf of Mexico at a depth of 40 feet. The Circle of Heroes officially opened to divers on Aug. 5, 2019. It now includes 13 life-size concrete statues honoring the men and women serving in all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces.

Tomorrow we deploy our 13th statue honoring US Coast Guard Seaman William Flores. Check back tomorrow for exciting...

Posted by Circle of Heroes Veterans’ Memorial on Monday, May 24, 2021


Today is our dedication! The boats are heading out soon. We have big things planned for today, so here is a quick sneak peek.

Posted by Circle of Heroes Veterans’ Memorial on Monday, August 5, 2019



Here’s a look at some upcoming Q105 concerts here in the Tampa Bay area along with a few we think are worth a road trip!

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