A large citywide crowd came out on Memorial Day 2013 for a new tradition at the North End Waterfront’s Christopher Columbus Park, honoring America’s soldiers that have paid the ultimate price. Officially known as “Remembrance 2013: A Musical Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes,” the concert replaces a Memorial Day observance previously held at McGillivray Park in the Fens.
Hosted by the City of Boston Veteran Affairs, the concert event featured the Metropolitan Wind Symphony led by Lewis Buckley and the Boston City Singers. A color guard and wreath laying ceremony paid respects to fallen soldiers from the American Revolution through the present-day conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Moderating the event were Veteran Affairs Commissioner Francisco Urena, Deputy Commissioner, Bryan Bishop and LTC (Ret) Gerald T. Wellman.
Several political candidates also showed up at the event including U.S. Senate candidate, Gabriel Gomez and Boston Mayoral candidates John Barros, Charlotte Golar Richie and Marty Walsh. For the Boston City Council, current District One City Councilor Sal LaMattina attended as did City Councilor At-Large candidates Philip Frattaroli and Jack Kelly. The event was held on Monday, May 27, 2013 at Christopher Columbus Park in the North End of Boston.