Monday's Grounds of Remembrance dedication focused on sacrifice, both from members of the armed services and those who helped establish Dublin's first veterans memorial.

Monday's Grounds of Remembrance dedication focused on sacrifice, both from members of the armed services and those who helped establish Dublin's first veterans memorial.

Community members and the city had been working for six years on the nearly $800,000 memorial, which was built behind the Dublin branch of the Columbus Metropolitan Library. The dedication drew a large crowd, including Boy Scouts and service men and women wearing full dress uniforms and fatigues.

Featured speaker Tom Moe spent five years in a POW camp with John McCain and said Americans should be thankful for the sacrifices that veterans have made to provide a free country.

Moe's comments drew a standing ovation from the red, white and blue clad crowd.

"Let us forever remember (veterans) by counting the blessings we enjoy," he said. "We can be the land of the free as long as we remain the home of the brave."

Moe, who was captured by North Vietnamese soldiers in 1968 after his plane exploded over enemy territory, said he was honored to participate in the Grounds of Remembrance dedication.

"Many of us can remember a time like the '60's when ceremonies like this may have not taken place," Moe said.

Dublin resident Jody Davids shared a more personal memory as she read a letter written by her son, U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Wesley Davids, who was killed in Iraq in 2005.

Wesley Davids wrote the letter in case he was killed. He told his mother that he was proud to make the sacrifice.

"No matter what happens I would not change a thing in my life," she read, drawing tears from the crowd.

Jody Davids also was a member of the veterans committee that worked on the project and said serving was a good way to give back to the community that helped so much after her son's death.

"Today is Memorial Day," she told the crowd. "For me and my family, every day is Memorial Day."

At the beginning of the dedication, Dublin Mayor Marilee Chinnici-Zuercher recognized Jane Harsh, a Dublin resident who donated an American flag given to her after her husband's death in 2007. The flag, given in honor of veteran Samuel Harsh, will fly at the Grounds of Remembrance "as a tribute to (his) service," Chinnici-Zuercher said.

Dublin Scioto High School junior Darron McGlone also was recognized by the mayor for his design that honors POWs and those missing in action and killed in action.

City Councilman John Reiner paid tribute to members of the veterans committee who helped plan the Grounds of Remembrance and raise funds.

"Understandably, this project was a labor of love," he said.

Major contributors to the project, including Cardinal Health, which contributed the largest single donation of $150,000, also were honored.

A memento adorns one of the memorial blocks along the Recognition Walk.