Dublin Villager

Garden club is offering to create Blue Star Memorial

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Dublin could soon have a green way to honor veterans.

The Muirfield Village Garden Club last week got the OK from the city to pursue a Blue Star Memorial Garden in the Dublin Cemetery.

Fred Hahn, Dublin's director of parks and open space, told City Council Aug. 25 he was contacted by the Muirfield Village Garden Club during the summer about establishing a Blue Star Memorial Garden to honor all military service personnel.

The national program was established in 1945 and uses Blue Star Memorial markers at roads, national cemeteries, parks, veterans' facilities and gardens to recognize past, present and future military personnel, the group's website said.

Dublin Veterans Park was originally suggested to host the garden, but staff recommended a more visible spot along Bridge Street: the Dublin Cemetery.

"We thought the site on Bridge Street would not only meet the requirements, but be very visible," Hahn said.

The garden requires a two-sided plaque and the Dublin Cemetery site would give the public lots of chances to notice it, he said.

A memorial for those killed in action currently stands in the cemetery, but "broader recognition of military veterans currently does not exist within the Dublin Cemetery," a memo to council stated.

"The Grounds of Remembrance does an excellent job in recognizing all veterans and their families, but many visitors to the Dublin Cemetery do not necessarily visit this tribute," the memo said.

The first step toward a Blue Star Memorial Garden is site approval from council, which members granted willingly.

"This is a very worthwhile, beneficial project to me," Mayor Michael Keenan said.

"It's great to see one of these resurrected," Councilman John Reiner agreed.

The Muirfield Garden Club will be responsible for raising money for the creation of the garden and plaque.

Dublin staff will help prepare the land for the garden and the club would arrange the plantings and provide ongoing maintenance for the garden.

With council's blessing, garden club member Helen Houpt said, the hope is to have the garden established in the next six to nine months after fundraising and acceptance into the program.

The club also hopes to host a community dedication of the new garden with the inclusion of local military groups, scouts and veterans.

"As a veteran, I'm very pleased to see this," Councilman Richard Gerber told the group.

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