A sea of smiles and tears gleamed red, white and blue, as the local community of Apalachicola unveiled the replica of a very special statue.
"This took 7 years of work from a fella named Jimmy Mosconis and I was involved as well and the entire community of Apalachicola eventually got involved. The contractors brick layers, contract people donated their time and just worked to make this day happen so it's a real tribute," said Jan C. Scruggs, the Founder and President of the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Fund.
Scruggs is responsible for helping bring the original Three Servicemen Statue to Washington D.C.
The capital statue has honored the men and women who served in the Vietnam War, since it was first dedicated in 1984.
And now, thanks to the Three Servicemen Statue South organization, the city of Apalachicola houses the country's only detail made from the original statue's mold.
"He wanted the sculpture to be just a thank you, a simple thank you from the citizens of the nation for the service and the sacrifice for the veterans and also of their families," said Lindy Hart, wife of the Three Servicemen Statue sculptor.
The area is often called the forgotten coast but Veterans and the people of Apalachicola say this statue now stands in remembrance of those who lost their lives.
"Freedom is not free. These three guys right here plus millions of others have helped make and preserve freedom and we're grateful for that," said Charles LeCroy, American Legion Post 13 Commander.
"We were so young and I came out today to honor our classmates because they gave their life for our freedom," said Liz Olson crying.
Olson has a son competing in his fourth Olympics this year and says she's proud her son is serving his country, and is proud of all the service men and women who put their lives on the line everyday.
The intricate bronze statue now stands as a centerpiece for the new Veteran's Memorial Plaza.