Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in Boston Rededicated

BOSTON (CBS) – The Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial in the Seaport was rededicated Friday morning.

The memorial and 50-foot tall Beacon of Honor on Northern Avenue is a tribute to those who died in the war on terror since September 11, 2001.

The names of 272 fallen heroes from Massachusetts are displayed on glass panels. Service members who died in 2019 and 2020 were added on Friday.

The keynote speaker for the ceremony was Medal of Honor recipient Army Staff Sergeant David Bellavia. Governor Charlie Baker and Congressman Stephen Lynch also attended.

Gold Star families were honored at the event for the sacrifices they have made.

“The loss associated with losing their son or daughter, their brother, their sister, will wear on their face for the rest of their lives. And I’ve seen it, every time I’ve been with them,” said Baker. “But there’s also a sense of pride about the fact that they raised a child that answered the call when the call came. And the pride they felt was also every bit as evident as the pain.”