SULPHUR, Okla. (KTEN) -- Veterans now have a memorial in downtown Sulphur honoring their service.

Glen Vandever, a 25 year veteran of the Army and National Guard, thought of the idea for the Murray County Veteran's Park seven years ago, and after several adversities that delayed the project, it was finally completed and dedicated Saturday afternoon.

"Well, we wanted some kind of military equipment," Vandever said. "I tried to get things going. It seemed like we always hit a bump in the road and they finally got it going."

The memorial features a stone and bricks with the names of veterans from Murray County who were killed in the line on duty from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Flags of each branch of the military fly high above the veteran's park along with a quote from Navy Admiral Chester Nimitz.

"The importance of this is to honor the ones that have fallen," Mark Estlack said, another Murray County vet who served in the Army from 1978 to 1984. "That way people don't forget why the freedom they have is because of these gentleman on the monument that gave their lives so we can have what we have now."

As the Murray County Veteran's Park stands to honor those who served, the appreciation extends beyond the boundaries of the memorial.

"People are starting to take more time to thank [veterans]," Estlack said. "If you see somebody and they're a veteran, they have their hat on or their jacket or something, just let them know that you do understand them and you do appreciate what they've done."