With the holiday season upon us, we are reminded to pause and give thanks for what we take for granted and to those who have made a difference in our lives.

With the holiday season upon us, we are reminded to pause and give thanks for what we take for granted and to those who have made a difference in our lives.

My thoughts particularly are with our servicemen and women overseas. Not only am I thankful for all they are doing for our country, I am also appreciative of all members of the military who have, throughout our history, served in war and peacetime.

As a veteran, I am honored for the recognition I've received along the way and am proud to have served my country.

Just as I felt it was my duty to serve this country, I want to give back to the city of Dublin for what it has provided during the 32 years I have lived here. That's why I am pleased to be a part of the Veterans Project Committee to help make the Grounds of Remembrancea reality and something all of our citizens will be proud of.

Construction in Historic Dublin is well under way, and we are finalizing plans for the dedication ceremony this coming Memorial Day. While the artist's renderings paint a beautiful picture of what is to come, I like to imagine the finished product.

I know I will be moved when I stroll along the Recognition Walk and read the names of hundreds of veterans etched into dedication stones along that path.

The Grounds of Remembrance will bring something different to each of us. For me, it will be the reminder of the sacrifices made by all veterans and their families as they have served and continue to serve to protect our liberty and freedom. The names of veterans and messages of gratitude will be there, forever etched in stone.

The stones are a lasting tribute. This holiday season, many people have purchased dedication stones as a way to honor those who have served.

These dedication stones will stand the test of time and touch many hearts as they celebrate family, community and country in this permanent location of Historic Dublin.

Special certificates are available to present to the recipient for those who purchase a stone as a gift. For more information on the stones or to download an order form, visit www.dublin.oh.us/veteranspark or call the city of Dublin's community relations office at (614) 410-4545.

Mack Parkhill, a Veterans Project Committee member, was a captain and pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He served from 1956-60.