A gorgeous, $8 Million park is to be built at Seaport Square to honor the fallen men and women soldiers from Massachusetts who lost their lives fighting the war on terror. September has officially been tabbed as the groundbreaking month.
The Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, an advocacy group that is comprised of firefighters, war veterans, and police officers, will be hosting the groundbreaking ceremony on September 10th of this year.
The completed park will feature a reflecting pool and a massive 50-foot memorial at Seaport Square Park between Northern Avenue and Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s rapidly developing Seaport District. The five-sided translucent structure is described by the Boston Business Journal, saying that, “…the sun is captured and reflected across the green space and will transition to an internally lit beacon at night. The memorial will also feature an indoor interactive space housing artifacts and memorabilia that veterans of post 9/11 conflicts brought home from battle.”
In total, there have been upwards of 180 individuals hailing from Massachusetts who have lost their lives fighting for our freedom in the war on terror.
Chris Lessard, a firefighter out of Newton who is the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ Program Director, noted that, “All the naysayers said it would take us 20 years to get this done, but since we started in 2010, we’ve received lots of support from many people for us to do this. Now, we’re ready to break ground on the day prior to the 13th anniversary of September 11, 2001 and we’re hoping that this will be a model that will be emulated nationwide.”
John Hynes, the CEO and Managing Partner of Boston Global Investors, has played a significant role in helping to get this vision off of the ground. Not only from donating $6 Million towards the cause, but Hynes is also donating the land, of which he owns 23-acres in this area of the Seaport. The State of Massachusetts have allocated $250,000 towards this endeavor, while the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes have reached out to other private sources for an additional $2 Million worth of funding.
Upon completion, this public memorial will represent the first permanent memorial throughout the entire country for individuals who have fallen as a result of the war on terror. We are proud to say that this will occur right here in our beloved city of Boston.
More Information: Boston Business Journal