On Veteran's Day, November 11, 1991, the first three stones of the Memorial were dedicated in honor of all Effingham County veterans. The "Memorial Names Stone" addition was dedicated on Armed Forces Day, May 19, 2012. This memorial has close to 3,700 names of men and women veterans from all five branches of the armed forces. The stones were designed and etched with the past, present and future in mind. Each year, more names can and will be added. It is an ongoing memorial with space for over 9,000 names. The Memorial is not only a tribute, it is our history: a standing memorial to the living and the dead, our neighbobrs, families and friends, who have served to preserve, protect and secure peace for our nation.