A memorial intended to help Dublin celebrate Veterans Day also will honor the service of a Scioto High School graduate.

A memorial intended to help Dublin celebrate Veterans Day also will honor the service of a Scioto High School graduate.

Dublin's Wesley G. Davids American Legion Post 800 will exhibit the Lima Company memorial at Scioto High School's performing-arts center Nov. 9 to 13.

The memorial, called "The Eyes of Freedom," is a traveling exhibit that honors fallen military members from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflict, according to information from the Dublin Legion.

"The display contains eight large, freestanding canvases depicting the 23 fallen of Lima Company, 3rd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, a Reserve unit based out of Ohio who were killed in action in 2005," the information states.

The display also includes candles, combat boots of the fallen Marines and a space for letters and remembrances.

"Lest we forget. There are numerous memorials honoring our fallen heroes, and everyone is important," Jeff Noble, commander of the American Legion Post 800 in Dublin, said in a press release. "The legacy of these brave Marines of Lima Company is freedom from the fear of terrorism in our country. I hope all of the citizens of Dublin will join her veterans in honoring these young men."

The memorial was created by an Ohio artist and was unveiled at the Statehouse in 2008. Since then, the memorial has been maintained by a nonprofit foundation and travels the country.

Ethan List, a member of Dublin America Legion Post 800, said the foundation that handles the memorial takes requests on where to exhibit it.

"It fulfills one of our missions to bring further awareness to the contributions of veterans, and one of the veterans is the namesake of our legion, the Wesley G. Davids American Legion," he said.

Davids, a Dublin resident, died in May 2005 at age 20 while serving in Iraq.

Because Davids graduated from Scioto High School, List said, it was a good place for the memorial.

"We looked at a few other venues, but it really became obvious that his high school was the best place to do that, and it was his alma mater," he said.

Scioto vice principal Forrest Trisler said he's glad the school could host the memorial.

"I viewed it as something we could do to help out," he said. "I wasn't here when Wes went through here, but in my mind, it's something nice we can do to repay Wes' sacrifice and honor him as an alumnus."

Though no concrete plans have been made to get Scioto students to the memorial, Trisler said, teachers could make the call and students could wander through the exhibit in their free time.

"It's a service project. It's a way to pay back those who have given and served the country," he said. "To me, it's pretty unique. I don't know too many other school districts where things like this would happen for a joint service project like this."

The memorial is free and open to the public. A brief opening ceremony is slated for 7 p.m. Nov. 9.

The event, List said, will give Dublin residents an opportunity to honor and pay respects to fallen military members.

"The significance is, this is one of our own, a man from Dublin," he said. "A student from Dublin was among those killed in action. It's intended to help create a more tangible link between what someone is seeing every day to life and relationship to the community."

Donations will be accepted during the exhibit, and proceeds will benefit the memorial foundation to maintain it and ensure that it is able to visit other communities.