Category: In the News

Gold Star Daughter Receives New Car

September 28th, 2017

BOSTON (CBS) – A local Gold Star Daughter now has a new ride after Massachusetts Fallen Heroes presented her with a refurbished car.

When Kaleigh Hayes was seven, her father, Sergeant Glenn Allison was killed serving in Iraq.

The now 21-year-old says her father and his service inspired her and was key to her involvement with the Boys and Girls Club.

Hayes says the car, a 2014 Nissan Sentra, will help keep her father’s memory alive through her mentoring work.

“He’s why I wake up every morning,” Hayes said. “I think about him. What would he want me to be doing for the future? Because it’s all about the future. It’s all about the future generations. They need to have safe future because that’s what he provided for me. So I want to provide for other people.”

Hayes is currently in college studying art and English and says the car will help with her education.

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September 11th Mass and Candlelight Vigil

September 11th, 2017

In honor of the 16th anniversary of September 11th , Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will host a Mass of Remembrance at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Voyage. At the conclusion of the service, attendees will participate in a candlelit procession to the Massachusetts Iraq & Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial in Boston’s Seaport Common.

Father Matt Williams and Father Matt Westcott will lead the Mass for Remembrance to honor those who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. Gold Star Families, Veterans and the community along with Massachusetts Fallen Heroes staff and board members will attend the service and vigil.

Monday, September 11th, 2017

Mass begins:
7:00 PM
Procession to the Memorial and Vigil: 7:45 PM


Shrine of Our Lady of the Good Voyage

51 Seaport Blvd
Boston, MA 02210

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial
85 Northern Ave
Boston, MA 02210


MFH donates refurbished vehicle to Gold Star wife

January 25th, 2017

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, in collaboration with National Auto Body Council’s Recycled Rides Program, MetLife, and Todays Auto Collision in Malden, MA, donated a refurbished 2014 Kia SUV to Gold Star wife Erin Vasselian.  Erin’s husband, Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian of Abington was killed in action on December 23, 2013 in Afghanistan.   This is the sixth car MFH has donated, with this being the first to a Gold Star family member.  Many thanks to all who played a part.  Enterprise donated a gas card for Erin as well.

Remembering the Living and the Dead

May 28th, 2016


The Army band was warming up, the sound checks were still taking place, and Beth and Steve Sammis were standing in the sunshine in the Seaport, talking about their son, Ben.

Marine Captain Ben Sammis, from Rehoboth, was killed in Iraq in 2003 when the helicopter he was piloting went down in combat. His parents stood there, talking about Ben’s virtues, about what they miss most, when his dad said this:

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Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial Arrives

May 16th, 2016



Memorial Arrives In Boston

A memorial to local heroes arrives in Boston.  The 50-foot memorial for the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was escorted by State Police to South Boston.

‘Fallen Heroes’ memorial coming to South Boston

April 20th, 2016


A new memorial dedicated to those who lost their life in combat will be dedicated in South Boston next month.

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes said the monument will stand at Seaport Square Park. The memorial will have the 218 names of Massachusetts servicemen and servicewomen killed in battle since Sept. 11.

The organization will also be holding events Patriot Week, the week leading up to Memorial Day. The memorial itself will be dedicated on May 27.

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Married to a great idea for the troops

February 1st, 2016

Boston Globe – Kevin Cullen

“People in our military give so much,” she told me. “Why not give them something back? Why not give someone serving in the military a beautiful outdoor wedding?”

Why not indeed. The people at Massachusetts Fallen Heroes were natural partners. They are spearheading the construction of a memorial to all those from Massachusetts who have died in service to the country since 9/11. But they are just as concerned with the living as the dead.

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O’Haire Gold Star Family Fire Fund

December 29th, 2015

The family of Marine Lance Corporal Walter “Gator” O’Haire, killed in action 9MAY2007, tragically lost their home to a fire on 29DEC2015. The fire destroyed the family home along with all personal belongings to Mother Maureen, her three sons, and her daughter. This fund has been created by the Marines who served with Walter. Mass Fallen Heroes will be charged with administering this account and 100% of all funds raised will go to the executor of the O’Haire Family to be used for short-term housing assistance, housing repairs, and basic family needs.

Donate here

Veterans Day: WAAF and Mass Fallen Heroes Interview with Chris Lessard

November 11th, 2015

Program Director Chris Lessard joined WAAF radio’s Mistress Carrie to chat about the past, present and future of our organization. Hear their conversation here.

Boston Herald Radio Talk It UP with Dan Magoon Executive Director Mass Fallen Heroes

October 16th, 2015
Mass Fallen Heroes Executive Director Dan Magoon discusses President Obama’s decision to delay withdrawing troops in Afghanistan.