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The dedication attracted about 150 people. For some it was about witnessing Dixon's first Blue Star Memorial Plaque, but for others who had served in the military, the plaque means even more.

"The plaque symbolizes to vets the blood,sweat and tears that have been dished out by so many men and women," said Jim Reubin, a retired U.S. Air force Tech Sergeant.

Reubin says seeing this plaque for the first time brings back a lot of memories and a variety of emotions.

They do recognize that we did sacrifice. some more than others. some will never come back. and i knew a few of them guys," said Reubin.

He served in the air force for 20 years also serving during the Vietnam War and says this plaque reminds him and other military members that their devotion to our country is not in vain.

"It's great to have the people backing you even when you get out and you been out for years like myself. it's a huge honor," said Reubin.

That's the same impression that Jim James with the Dixon Veterans Memorial Commission hopes the plaque has on others.

"We have people here today that came out on a beautiful day like today to enjoy something to do for today and its because of those men and women that we honor with this plaque. its because of them that we're able to do that," said Jim James.

The plaque is amongst other military collectibles at the memorial park.  From a M60 tank and a F105 fighter jet, James says the park's newest addition is bound to attract more visitors.

"A lot of your Blue Star Memorial Plaques are along your highways and this is a major highway that this veterans park sits on. It's a state route," said James.

He says it's a route that pays tribute to servicemen like Reubin.

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