With Veterans Day approaching, Lisa Rapoport admittedly can be a little somber when she walks the site of Dublin's Grounds of Remembrance -- an area for remembering those who have served the country.

With Veterans Day approaching, Lisa Rapoport admittedly can be a little somber when she walks the site of Dublin's Grounds of Remembrance -- an area for remembering those who have served the country.

As project designer, Rapoport also is a little excited. She has been waiting to see site work for nearly two years. The project has been plagued with fundraising issues, redesigns and even a lack of support for the concept, but now that site work has commenced, there appears to be growing support for the project.

"I'm glad it's going and I hope they like it," Rapoport said. "It's been a long haul, but I don't think that's a bad thing. It's given people time to get used to it, which is a good thing."

As the ground is turned and elements are added, residents will start to get a feel for the design that Rapoport said should provide intimacy and a place for solace year-round, not just on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

The veterans project, being constructed around Indian Run Cemetery, north of the Dublin Library on High Street, has several key elements.

"We didn't touch the cemetery in any way," Rapoport said. "We wanted to enhance it without touching it."

Starting at the top of the site, nearly 30 sycamore trees will line the path outside the stone wall of the cemetery and a bronze handrail will guide people toward High Street.

"When you grab the handrail, your hand will fit in it, giving it a hugging feeling," Rapoport said.

There will be a line of dedication pavers every four feet. They are intended to give the sense of a paced walk. The walk is designed for people to pace in a way that reminds them of the military marching, a personal journey, processionals and pilgrimages, Rapoport said.

At the base of the grounds is the copper-clad loggia and dedication wall.

On the dedication wall, which is designed for people to sit on, will be a statement in support of military service and the emblems of the branches of the military.

This courtyard area will be the primary gathering place, Rapoport said, especially for events on Memorial Day and Veterans Day. This is where the flag pole will be and a designated place to lay wreaths.

"All the elements in many ways, they're drawn from traditional sources, but are interpreted in a contemporary way for this site," Rapoport said.

Directly across from the dedication wall will be the loggia, which will serve as the ceremonial backdrop of the site and will frame the trees and ravine, Rapoport said.

On the loggia will be a poem cast in bronze. The poem, "The Concord Hymn" by Ralph Waldo Emerson, was originally written for an anniversary of the revolutionary war in Concord, Mass., and placed on a memorial.

"It's a nice connection to the revolutionary war that created America, which was all about freedom," Rapoport said. "The poem specifically relates to that idea of commemoration to this spot by a stream. It almost reads like it was written for this space."

Back at the top of the site, the handrail guides people to the memory wall, which has about 15 copper round holes for people to leave messages.

"It's kind of like putting it in the Wailing Wall," Rapoport said. "It's private. It's between you and the wall."

The memory wall is surrounded by the woods, which should provide a more intimate feel.

"It's a place to sit and contemplate in the woods, which is a tranquil place for contemplation," Rapoport said.

Construction of most of the elements should be completed by December, said Fred Hahn, director of parks and open spaces.

"It will look very incomplete, but in reality all of the hardscape should be installed," Hahn said.

Work on the project will resume in early spring to finish the landscaping. This will include planting of the sycamore grove in April.

A dedication ceremony is being planned for Memorial Day in May 2009.

To see the concept plan for the Grounds of Remembrance created by PLANT Architect, Inc. go to ThisWeekNews.com.