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“In 1868, Commander-in-Chief John A. Logan issued General Order No. 11 calling for all Departments and Posts to set aside the 30Th of May as a day for remembering the sacrifices of fallen comrades, thereby beginning the celebration of Memorial Day.” (Taken from the Stone)

Thus began the birth of our Memorial Day Weekend, Boston, MA.

Numerous War memorials punctuate the parks and streets of the city of Boston with the Revolutionary Column on the State House’s grounds to mention one of the first in the nation.

The Civil War memorial ‘The Soldiers and Sailors Monument” in The Boston Common by Martin Milmore commemorates all sectors of our countries sacrifice.

“In honor off all veterans who served in the Armed Services of the United States in the first world war to preserve democracy and freedom. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts erects this tribute and records the peoples prayer for lasting liberty and peace.”(Taken from the Bronze)

The above bronze monumental plaque by sculpture Emilius Ciampa is found in the halls of our Massachusetts State House. This memorial thanks our WWI military for their ultimate sacrifice.

The World War II Memorial on the Fenway by John F. Paramino memorializing all who gave their lives for our country defending our freedoms.

“The Massascusetts Beirut Memorial” located in Christopher Columbus Park.

“Forever remembered in stone are our soldiers who defend our American freedom. Let us all hope that no more of these monuments to the dead will ever be need once there is an end to the conflicts in the Middle East.”

In the early morning hours of 23 October 1983, a truck loaded with explosives crashed through the security perimeter of the United States Marine Corps Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. In the explosion that followed, 241 U.S. Military personnel were killed and 80 seriously wounded. Nine of these killed were from Massachusetts. These nine young men are clearly honored here. These young people, on a mission of peace in a land stricken by violence, were killed as they slept. They are remembered here in grateful appreciation of their sacrifice on behalf of freedom.

Finally, Boston’s latest tribute and respect given to our troops who have recently sacrificed their lives for our freedoms, “The Old North Church Memorial Garden” created Rev Patricia Handloss and a committee (Jai Wei Wu, Norma Hobbs, Howaed Kaye, Christian Kulikoski, Lisa Shiller, Julliane Murphy, Andrew DeMaio, Dorothy Redmond, Brooks Brooksbank, Mailyn Kuilkonski) and also assisted by American relatives and various religious groups who lost love ones in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars using nameless dog tags representing their fallen heroes.

In addition, The Memorial was built by parishioners from Old North Church, the children from St John’s School, members of the North End Community and numerous tourists who were traveling through as the memorial was being built.

Memorial Day began in Boston, “Boston Bronze and Stone Speak To Us,” a Boston guidebook salutes and celebrates our fallen heroes through Boston’s Public Monuments and Statues.

Photos by Joe Gallo.

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