Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial
At the northern edge of Seaport Common, surrounded by the ever-changing light of the waterfront, stands a powerful tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for a grateful nation. The first of its kind in the country, the memorial honors the Commonwealth’s brave servicemen and women who lost their lives fighting for our freedoms since September 11, 2001.
In 2010, a group of local veterans, firefighters, police officers, Gold Star families and citizens came together with the goal of honoring those who did not return home from conflict overseas. From this dedicated group, the nonprofit Massachusetts Fallen Heroes organization was born, initiating a six-year campaign that culminated in May 2016 with the dedication of the incredible memorial designed by world-renowned architect James Carpenter, working with landscape architect Reed Hilderbrand.
At the heart of the monument, a 50-foot diaphanous obelisk rises into the sky. Its five sides, representing the branches of the United States armed services, are quietly reflected in the pool below. In the evenings, the monument is illuminated from within; a beacon of light against the night sky. Adjacent to the reflecting pool, glass plates stand side-by-side, etched with the names of the honored soldiers.
The memorial is a place of remembrance for the families and friends of those lost in service to the country. It is a place for all visitors to reflect upon the incredible sacrifices made by Service members and their families in ensuring the freedom and safety of our nation.
Since the devastating attacks of September 11th, thousands of service men and women have given their lives fighting the Global War on Terrorism, spurring the creation of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes organization. MFH recognizes that the fallen are not the only heroes; our returning veterans and active Service members must be equally honored. Since its inception, the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has evolved into a multifaceted organization, serving veterans and their families.
Through their Veteran’s Edge program, the organization provides active Service members, returning servicemen and women, their families and the families of the fallen with the support and services they have painstakingly earned and rightfully deserve.