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September 19, 2013
Vietnam Memorial Rededicated
By Rick Winterson

Lt. Gen. R.E. Milstead, Jr., USMC, (center), keynote speaker at the 2013 Rededication.

Rep. Nick Collins thanks Lt. Gen. Milstead for speaking at the memorial.

The Vietnam Memorial, which is located in the green area that forms Medal of Honor Park (the renamed M Street Park), is the first such memorial in the nation.  It was dedicated in September 1981, 32 years ago – six months before the National Monument in Washington, D.C.

The carefully trimmed and decorated grounds around the central stone of black marble were matched by the precision of the Marine Color Guard as they entered the Park. The Boston Fire Department Pipe & Drum Brigade played the accompaniment.

The speaking program was announced by Tom Lyons, and it included Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry, Rep. Nick Collins, and City Councilor Bill Linehan.  Each expressed a deep gratitude to those 25 who gave their lives in Vietnam, and to their families.

Lt. Gen. Robert E. Milstead, Jr., USMC, was the rededications keynote speaker.  He spoke of how such events are those who remain, that we not forget, and find some joy in the freedom that was earned for us.  He quoted the comparatively obscure fourth verse from the National Anthem – “Thus be it ever …”, followed by the euphony of the words “Must”, “Just”, and “Trust”.

Three wreaths were emplaced, and then roses were laid at the foot of the Memorial for each name solemnly read aloud.  The BFD Brigade closed the ceremony by softly playing “Amazing Grace”, and the Colors were struck.

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