On Sunday, November 3rd Mayor Michael McGlynn dedicated a plaque to Medford veterans who served in Operation Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Their names, engraved on a bronze plaque, were unveiled during this memorable ceremony directed by the Massachusetts National Guard.
The event featured the nine stories high Mount Rushmore American Flag. Members of the Massachusetts National Guard’s 101st Field Artillery Unit accompanied the raising of the flag with an official Howitzer salute. Music was provided by the MHS Alumni Band.
The Master of Ceremonies was Medford’s own Dominic Marcellino, a United States Marine, Vietnam Veteran and triple amputee. Dominic is a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He also serves as President of the Disabled and Limbless Veterans Association, Inc.
The plaque was added to a monument at Honor Roll Park (located at 489 Winthrop Street). Honor Roll Park also features monuments for Medford veterans who served in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
This $800,000 park was paid for by public-private partnerships and budget appropriations.
Photos by Allison Goldsberry and Marcus Howard