The Grounds of Remembrance dedication drew standing ovations and tears from those in the crowd.

The Grounds of Remembrance dedication drew standing ovations and tears from those in the crowd.

Many said they were happy with the project, Dublin's first memorial to honor veterans.

Mack Parkhill, a member of the veterans committee that helped piece together the project, said he was very pleased to see the Grounds of Remembrance come together after his three years of work.

"I'm totally thrilled," he said. "This beat any expectations we had."

Jody Davids, a member of the veterans committee and mother of two U.S. Marines, expressed her happiness for the project as well.

"I'm thrilled with the way it turned out," said Davids, who addressed the crowd during the dedication ceremony.

Davids' son, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Wesley Davids, was killed in Iraq in 2005. She said working on the project was therapeutic.

"It's very personal to me," she said after the ceremony. "It's been part of the healing process to get to know these veterans."

Rick Smith, a 20-year Dublin resident, served in the Navy from 1968 to 1973, and a stone at the Grounds of Remembrance is dedicated to his service.

Smith likes the Grounds of Remembrance but wished it had come together sooner. Community members and the city had worked on the project for several years.

"I don't know what word describes it besides fantastic, but overdue," he said. "I look forward to coming back."

He said the most moving part of the dedication ceremony was Jody Davids reading a letter written by her son before his death in 2005.

"I don't think there was a dry eye in the house," Smith said.

The recognition of Davids' other son, Steven, who joined the Marines after his brother's death, also impressed Smith.

"The second son made the commitment and in this day and age there are not many who volunteer," he said.

Dublin Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher said she was pleased with the turnout to honor veterans and the memorial.

"The crowd was amazing," she said. "There were many ages, from young to old who have a family member to honor, to people who just want to say thank you."

Parkhill also said he was pleased with the crowd and the Memorial Day ceremony.

"The program was just what we were always hoping it would be," he said. "We always hoped Dublin would build a project we would be proud of."