ENNIS, Texas - The City of Ennis has a new a park that will be enjoyed by children yet too young to understand the meaning of war.

Ennis Veterans Memorial Park was dedicated to those who gave up their lives to protect the freedoms we all enjoy. There was ribbon-cutting ceremony in addition to the dedication Tuesday morning.

One day in the very near future, we will have a wonderful veterans memorial, so that every time any person comes into this park to utilize this space will be reminded of the folks that have given the ultimate sacrifice, said Ennis Mayor Russell Thomas at the ribbon-cutting.

The 19-acre park contains soccer and football fields, a walking trail, playground and soon a permanent memorial to all war veterans.

I don't think we can ever do enough as Americans for our veterans -- the service they have rendered is absolutely incredible, said Ennis City Manager Steve Howerton.

Officials hope to have the first portion of the memorial complete by Memorial Day 2012. Engraved bricks are being sold to raise money for the veterans' memorial. So far about $30,000 of the $200,000 needed for the memorial has been raised.

For veterans, it's an honor they will cherish.

We kind of have to leave something behind to remind us of what has happened before, said World War II veteran Rio Sam Bierce. Because we tend to have a short memory.

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