Mayor Menino Announces New Tradition and Full Slate of Events for Memorial Day Weekend
Introducing “Remembrance 2013: A Musical Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes”
Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Veterans Services Commissioner Francisco Ureña today announced a new Memorial Day tradition for the city of Boston in the form of an outdoor concert titled Remembrance: A Musical Tribute to Our Fallen Heroes.
“Memorial Day is about honoring those who served and gave their lives for our freedom, and I am proud to introduce this moving musical tribute,” Mayor Menino said. “I encourage everyone to come out on Monday evening and take part in this wonderful event.”
This one-hour tribute will be held at Christopher Columbus Park along Atlantic Avenue from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., on Monday, May 27.
Remembrance 2013 will replace the venerable 66-year tradition of holding a City service at McGillivray Park in the Fens. This year in collaboration with the Marriott Long Wharf, Boston Parks and Recreation and the non-profit organization Military Friends, the concert and memorial service will take place at sunset on the waterfront, with musical performances by the Metropolitan Wind Symphony and the Boston City Singers.
The event will begin with a procession by WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans. It will also feature appearances by: several Boston-area color guards; Massachusetts Militia Revolutionary War Reenactors; Company A of the 54th Massachusetts Regiment Civil War Reenactors; Special guest, USS West Virginia, Pearl Harbor survivor Bill Keefe; and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Colman Nee.
“This ceremony and musical tribute is an opportunity for the citizens of Boston to honor its military heritage and its veterans, young and old,” said Commissioner Ureña, who is a Marine veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and recipient of the Purple Heart. “The City and its partner agencies came together late last year, agreeing that something new was needed to honor our veterans on Memorial Day, and this is the result of much hard work and teamwork.”
Remembrance 2013 is free and open to the public. Attendees are allowed and urged to bring their lawn chairs. Public transportation is highly recommended via MBTA Blue Line, Aquarium stop. Parking is available at the Boston Harbor Garage.
Remembrance 2013 is the last event in a slate of Memorial Day Observances going on around the City this weekend, including:
· Thursday, May 23 – Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund service for the fallen, 10:30 a.m., Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Boston Common
· Sunday, May 26 – Memorial Day Ceremony, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Mount Hope Cemetery, 355 Walk Will St., Mattapan (Hosted by City of Boston’s Veteran’s Services, in conjunction with the American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and other veterans’ organizations)
· Monday, May 27 — Hyde Park Events — 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. beginning with a service at Fogg-Roberts American Legion Post 78, 56 Harvard avenue, followed by a march to a Mass at Most Precious Blood Parish at 43 Maple Street, followed by a tour of Hyde Park Hero Squares, ending with a procession to the Civil War Memorial at Fairview Cemetery for closing ceremonies.
· Monday, May 27 — Gardens at Gethsemane 45th Annual Memorial day Service, 9:30 a.m., 670 Baker St., West Roxbury
· Monday, May 27 – Memorial Day Service , 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Evergreen Cemetery, 2060 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton.