History

Project Introduction

The Dublin Veterans Project is a lasting tribute to those men and women who have served our country in war and peace. We are proud of what this project represents and hope you will want to be an integral part of making this a reality.

Program Intent

The City of Dublin has commissioned a public artwork in recognition of veterans and their families. The intent is not to create a memorial, but rather to produce a site for reflection and contemplation.

From a symbolic standpoint, the site will be original, creative, inspirational and reflective of Dublin’s community pride. It will be a place of remembrance, honor and introspection, recognizing the sacrifices made by those who defended American freedom and those who waited at home for those soldiers to return.

From a practical standpoint, the site will be used as a community gathering place for the observation of Veterans Day, Memorial Day and other patriotic events. The site design will be environmentally complementary to existing natural elements, including a nearby stream, natural limestone bedrock and a wooded area. It will also reflect Dublin’s strong sense of aesthetics, quality and community pride. In short, it will be “distinctly Dublin.”

Background of the Veterans Project

The Veterans Project was inspired by research for the City’s history book, Dublin’s Journey. It was suggested the City needed a public space where we could recognize veterans, current members of our armed forces and their families.

In our hearts and in our prayers, we have long honored those individuals who have made our world a safer and better place.

Historic Dublin was a natural location for this project. Some of the first settlers of Dublin received land here for their service in the Revolutionary War.

From the first 16 Dublin volunteers who joined the 46th Regiment of the Ohio Volunteer Infantry in October 1861 to the men and women who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan today, and to their families who give up so much to support them in their efforts, we dedicate this project in their honor.

Grounds of Remembrance
dedicated Memorial Day 2009

More than 1,000 people joined Dublin City Council and Veterans Project Committee members for a special dedication of the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veterans Park on Monday, May 25, 2009.

The keynote speech was delivered by Col. Tom Moe, a Lancaster resident who served five years as a prisoner of war with Sen. John McCain in Viet Nam. The ceremony included a reading of a letter written by U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Wesley Davids, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

After Wesley's mother Jody Davids, a member of the Veterans Project Committee, read the letter, she was escorted by her other son Steven, also a U.S. Marine Lance Corporal, and two bagpipers to the Memory Wall at the Grounds of Remembrance. Two F-16s simultaneously flew overhead. The Memory Wall is a quiet location for retrospection where visitors are invited to leave letters, notes and other items in the memory of those who sacrificed for their country.

Other speakers at the dedication included Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher, City Council Members John Reiner and Michael Keenan, site designer Lisa Rapoport of Plant Architect Inc., and Cardinal Health Senior Vice President of Supply Chain Integrity Mark Hartman.

A Memorial Day picnic featuring Civil War reenactors followed the dedication behind Indian Run Elementary.

Commemorative Program

Reprints of the commemorative program can be downloaded here or are available at City Hall, 5200 Emerald Parkway, and the Community Relations Center, 5620 Post Road in Dublin.

 

November 11, 2009

Veterans Day 2009

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May 25, 2009

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April 2009

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Side of the Loggia

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The Loggia

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Entrance Sign

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Dedication Sign

March 2009

Loggia

The Loggia

Memory Wall

The Memory Wall

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The Recognition Walk

November 2008

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Foundation of the Loggia

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Recognition Walk toward the Memory Wall

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Approaching the Park from the Library