They've been planning it for nearly a decade and now Anderson Township is finally developing a place to formally honor its veterans.
Township leaders and residents gathered Thursday to break ground for the soon-to-be memorial on Five Mile Road.
Three World War II vets witnessed the ceremony.
One vet, a 98-year-old man, told WCPO that the memorial is just further proof of how Anderson Township gives back to its residents and the community.
“I think it's great. I don't know how they do it but this township is probably the best run township there is in the state of Ohio,” said Robert Frame, who served in the second World War.
Most of the funding for the project came from the new owner of the Belterra Park racino.
Phase I of the project includes building an anchor station at Anderson Center to honor all five branches of the United States military.