Killed-in-Action Memorial to be dedicated Monday
Dublin will remember local military members killed in action this Memorial Day as the new KIA Memorial is dedicated.
Dublin City councilmen Richard Gerber, Michael Keenan and John Reiner began work on a KIA Memorial for the city last year and approved a design for the new Dublin Cemetery memorial in January, with hopes of a Memorial Day dedication.
City Senior Planner Sara Ott said construction went smoothly and the KIA Memorial was in place a few weeks before the planned May 27 dedication.
The stained glass eternal flame was one of the last pieces of the memorial set to be installed.
"It's nice to have it there," Jeff Noble, commander of the Lance Cpl. Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800, said of the new memorial in Dublin Cemetery.
"Prior to them building the Grounds of Remembrance in Dublin Veteran's Park that's where we did the whole ceremony, at the flag pole," Noble said.
"A major part of the ceremony is still held there."
The new KIA Memorial was installed where the flag pole sat and is about 9-feet wide with two stone panels on each side for names. In the center is an 8-foot granite stone bearing insignias for each branch of the military.
The new memorial will be dedicated during the Monday, May 27, Memorial Day event in Dublin and family members of local military members killed in action whose names have been included on the memorial were invited.
The event kicks off at 11 a.m. at Riverside and Dale drives when a procession will stop on the Bridge Street bridge to cast a wreath into the Scioto River.
"Our friends from the 614 Auxiliary in Hilliard will toss a wreath off the bridge for those who didn't return," Noble said.
From there, the procession will head to Dublin Cemetery in Historic Dublin for a ceremony.
"We'll open with the dedication of the memorial then have a speech by Adrienne Corna.
"She's a member of the Ohio National Guard and the only female drill sergeant in the state," Noble said.
After a speech and a playing of Taps, the event will continue across the street to the Grounds of Remembrance where Buckeye Boys and Girls State participants will speak.
John Hammond will also speak about a Civil War Monument that stood at the intersection of Industrial Parkway and U.S. Route 42 until it was recently taken down to be restored and moved away from the busy intersection.
According to Noble, Hammond is related to a few of the soldiers named on the memorial that recognizes people who served in conflicts as far back as the Civil War.
Once the speeches are done, a picnic lunch will be served at the Grounds of Remembrance.
The Dublin American Legion Post 800 will also participate in Memorial Day events in Jerome Township starting at 10 a.m.
Noble said the event begins at 10 a.m. with a short parade from Jerome Methodist Church to the cemetery where Hammond will also speak.