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Design, criteria finalized for military memorial

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Design, inclusion criteria and names for Dublin's memorial for military members killed in action were approved last week, leading the new memorial for Dublin Cemetery closer to a Veterans Day dedication.

Last year, Dublin council members began looking into a way to recognize residents killed while serving their country.

The approved design includes a large, gray granite monument in the center with a stained-glass eternal flame, symbols of the five branches of the U.S. military and a crown of laurel. The stone is flanked by two other gray granite stones with quotes from Abraham Lincoln and U.S. Army Gen. John Pershing, and the names of those who have died in action along with the year of their death.

A flagpole also will be installed in the paver plaza in front of the memorial, with lighting for the flag provided at night.

"We were trying to do something we felt was appropriate to memorialize those killed in action," Councilman Richard Gerber said of the design.

The three-member committee of council members that worked on the memorial debated whether to include an eternal flame and decided on one made of stained glass to negate costly upkeep.

"It was a good solution," Councilman John Reiner said. "It will stand the test of time."

The stained-glass eternal flame was designed by a Vietnam War veteran and will be made to withstand the elements, said Dublin senior planner Sara Ott.

"We're confident the artist has made the right selection," she said.

The stained-glass flame, to be constructed by Franklin Art Glass, will be embedded in the granite monument and will be inexpensive to fix if needed, Ott added.

"It has some protection built into the design," she said.

The monument, which has been so far on schedule, falls under budget. Council appropriated $70,000 for the new memorial, but current cost estimates put the price tag at $65,000.

As for inclusion into the memorial, each candidate's name will go before council for approval. The individual must have been killed in action during a military conflict and must be from Dublin or Washington Township. Exceptions may be made if the nominee attended Dublin City Schools, the policy states.

Staff members have researched names for the memorial and have identified 16 so far, Gerber said.

According to information from the city, names identified by the city for possible inclusion on the new memorial are: Eli J. Casey, James Temple and Samuel M. Wright, Civil War; Charles Lazell, World War I; Robert W. Bonham, Samuel G. Davis, Robert C. Seeds, Joseph Davis Sells Jr., Elmer J. Smiley, Joseph R. Smith, World War II; James Allen Carr, Henry R. Hausman Jr., Lawrence Edward Strayer, Norman Wesley Tarpley, Vietnam War; Wesley G. Davids, Operation Iraqi Freedom; and Nicholas J. Rozanski, Operation Enduring Freedom.

The memorial is expected to be completed by Veterans Day and Gerber said the city will work with local veterans groups on a dedication event.

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