For Immediate Release
July 29, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today unveiled “Boston’s History of Heroes,” a project meant to transform the public’s experience with the 1,285 Hero Square street signs currently posted throughout the City. The project will include a street sign to be installed on existing Hero Square street posts that will display biographical information about the fallen service member, and allow the public to access associated online content.
The announcement was made at a Hero Square dedication on behalf of Sergeant Alberto D. Montrond in Roxbury. Sgt. Montrond was killed in the line of duty on February 13, 2006 when a vehicle carrying him and three other soldiers was hit by a land mine north of Deh Rawod, Afghanistan. His family, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson, Commissioner of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, and other city officials attended the dedication.
“I’m honored to be here today with Sergeant Montrond’s family for the dedication of his Hero Square sign,” Mayor Menino said. “It is my hope that History of Heroes will help our veterans connect with the community and services available to them, and our residents connect with those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.”
History of Heroes aims to tell the stories of the Hero Square veterans as well as provide a method for the public and resident veterans to engage with Veterans’ Services, the City, and the history of the neighborhoods. The City will be hosting volunteers to generate the content for online postings of the Hero Square recipients using collected material from Veterans’ Services records.
The first volunteer writing event is planned for Saturday, August 3. For more information, please visit http://www.cityofboston.gov/veterans/ .