And Tuesday morning a dedication ceremony for the monument turned that dream into a reality that will now be visible for anyone who drives by the courthouse.
People packed the Montague County Courthouse lawn with all eyes focused on a big, covered item.
Following the singing of patriotic songs, and the recognition World War II veterans, cannon blasts rang out as the Montague County Veterans Monument was unveiled.
More than 1,800 names are etched into several black granite panels and many of them have also now been rubbed and transferred into treasured keepsakes.
"Leslie "Cotton" H. Burrows. USA. They didn't put Navy but that's don't matter and this is the least I could do for him," says Steven Burrows, whose father was a WWII veteran.
"This" was to see his father's name engraved on the monument. Two years ago, county officials broke ground on the memorial. Then, they made a change and turned it into a monument.
"You've got people in Vietnam and the Iraqi crisis ad the Afgan wars. We want them to be able to come and up their children to see their names before they pass away so this is a living monument," says Randy Duckworth, former Montague County veteran service officer.
Still, seeing all these names of past and living service men and women brought pride, along with sadness.
"You feel bad because we had a chance to come and be with our families. They didn't. They were robbed of that experience and we think about them a lot," explains Cy Young, a Battle of Iwo Jima veteran.
Now anyone at the Montague County Courthouse can see the names of residents who dedicated their lives to protect this county. The monument cost nearly $70,000 and coordinators say they have plenty of space to add names to it in the future.
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