The most elaborate of the military memorials is located in front of Dayton's Civic Center. There is a seating area, a memorial fountain, a wall of honor memorial composed of 3 parts. The center part says, "To those who gave the ultimate sacrifice - killed in action, missing in action, prisoners of War - KIA, MIA, POW" and then lists 14 names. The wall on the left lists the names of 90 veterans, rank, branch of service, dates of service and location/war where served. The wall on the right lists the names of 103 veterans with all the same information.
The other focus of the memorial is to honor the sacrifice of the Ripkowski family. This includes a memorial stone and a Liberty County Historic Landmark marker.
The memorial stone lists the names of the Ripkowski men who served, the war/peacetime, and the service branch. The stone is entitled "Ripkowski Brothers' Memorial Trees" and the text says "The twelve cypress trees are dedicated as living memorials to the 12 sons of Stach and Mattie Ripkowski who showed valor and honor by answering their country's call to military service - most during war time and survived to return home."
There is aLiberty County Historic Landmark marker honoring the Ripkowskis is entitled "The Stash and Mattie Ripkowski Family". To read the text, click on the image to the left of this writeup.
In addition to this marker, the street south of the Dayton Community Center was renamed from Luke street to "Ripkowski" street. At the dedication, a photo was taken with remaining family members holding the street sign.