On Saturday, October 8, 2011, a Memorial Dedication to late North Ender and Patrolman Andrew B. Cuneo was held on the Prado, also known as the Paul Revere Mall, in Boston’s North End. The memorial plaque mounted on the brick wall is a tribute to Cuneo as the first Italian American Boston Police Officer killed in the line of duty in 1921. The story of Andrew Cuneo, an Eliot School valedictorian, is told by the speakers in the above video and the program history is also shown below. The event was also held as part of Italian Heritage Month on Columbus Day weekend.

Video index:
00:00 Color Guard, escorted by the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
01:50 Introduction by Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Daniel Linskey
02:20 Welcome by Captain Bernard P. O’Rourke, Commander, Area A
03:55 Presentation of Colors, National Anthem
05:45 Invocation by Rev. Sean Connor, Boston Police Chaplain
07:30 Honor Guard Retires Colors, escorted by the Boston Police Gaelic Column of Pipes and Drums
11:00 Honorable Thomas M. Menino, Mayor, City of Boston
15:15 Commissioner Edward F. Davis, Police Commissioner
19:35 Police Officer Robert E. Anthony, District A-7
25:20 Captain Frank Mancini, Commander, District A-7
29:20 Honorable Ciuseppe Pastorelli, Consul General of Italy
32:00 Barbara Cuneo O’Connell, Granddaugher of Andrew Cuneo
38:00 Unveiling of Mounted Plaque Memorial on Prado Wall (Playing of Taps)

More information on the Officer Down Memorial Page and BPDNews.com.

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  1. What a fitting tribute and the perfect place for an Italian-American memorial. I wish the plaque were a bit larger given the size of that wall, but the ceremony was very well-done.

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