Dublin KIA Memorial
Memorial Day unveiling appears likely
A new memorial to honor Dublin troops killed in action will likely be completed by Memorial Day.
The three-person committee of Dublin City Council members met last week to discuss the design and other possible features of the KIA memorial that will soon be installed in Dublin Cemetery.
The memorial, approved by council in November, will take the place of the current flagpole in the Historic Dublin cemetery.
Preliminary designs put the memorial at 9 feet wide with two panels on each side for names, plus a taller, 8-foot granite stone bearing insignias of each branch of the military in the middle.
Committee members last week discussed whether to add a columbarium to the memorial, which would add about $12,000 to the project's $50,000 to $70,000 price tag, Parks and Open Space Director Fred Hahn said.
While the columbarium would give the city the option of storing the cremated remains of Dublin troops who were killed in action, Hahn said he wasn't sure how much interest there would be in the addition.
"I don't know if the columbarium would be used at this point," Hahn said, adding the city could install it later if needed or bury remains in three gravesites by the planned memorial.
"We can satisfy that need in other ways, if necessary," he said.
Urns could also be buried under the pavers of the memorial, Hahn said.
Committee members Richard Geber, Michael Keenan and John Reiner decided to forgo to columbarium for now.
Since council's decision in November to build a KIA memorial in Dublin Cemetery, research has been going on to identify troops killed in action in conflicts ranging from the Revolutionary War to present day from Dublin and Washington Township.
Dublin Senior Project Manager Sara Ott said a little more than a dozen names have been confirmed and another dozen need confirmation.
Hahn estimated the city would have 15 to 20 names for the memorial; each side of the memorial is expected to hold 20 names.
With few names to begin with, Hahn recommended quotes be put on the memorial as well.
The committee told him to look at different options.
"It's not like we're looking to fill this up," Gerber said.
During early discussions, Hahn said an eternal flame was suggested, but ruled out as difficult to maintain. An eternal flame could be put into the memorial as a stained glass window, he said.
"We could bring the service insignias down and create a hole for stained glass," Hahn said.
"It's all in the design," Reiner said. "It could be a really cool piece of art."
The committee asked Hahn to look into different designs for adding a stained glass panel to the memorial and to bring back a few options with and without the eternal flame and other designs.
According to Hahn, the order for the monument must be placed early this month to have installation completed in time for Memorial Day and everything is currently running on schedule.