A group of student veterans from the University of Massachusetts Boston take you on a walk of South Boston's war memorials, honoring the courage and sacrifice of New England's military veterans. Walk from the Seaport District, across the Commonwealth Flats, to the tip of Castle Island in the Boston Harbor. Learn about prominent sites in South Boston's military history, while hearing five Congressional Medal of Honor recipients share their stories: Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts, Colonel Jack Jacobs, Colonel Harvey Barnum, Captain Thomas Kelley, and Captain Thomas Hudner.
The stories you'll hear were produced by UMass Boston student veterans — Lancelot Chamberlain, Merita Dallta, Halana Espindula da Cunha, Shelita Hayes, Nathanael Haynes, Nathan Heilman, Casandra Najdul, Caleb Nelson, Marc Purdham, Joseph Satterthwaite, Scott Stroh, and Christopher Weindorf—as part of a course called "Oral History and the Veteran Experience," taught by Professor Erin Anderson.
This walk was produced in honor of the Medal of Honor Convention, held in Boston in September 2015, with support from UMass Boston's English Department, Office of Community Relations, Office of Veterans Affairs, and WUMB Radio.
Cover image courtesy of Joe Dunckley.
Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial (future site), South Boston Army Base and Naval Annex (former site), South Boston Vietnam Veterans Memorial, South Boston Korean War Memorial
Start outside of Gather restaurant at District Hall (75 Northern Avenue), across the street from the Institute for Contemporary Art. Take the Red Line to South Station, walk across the Congress Street Bridge, and take a left on Boston Wharf Road (15 minutes walk). Paid parking is available in the adjacent lot on Northern Avenue.
Places to stop along the way:
BREW Coffee Bar, Harpoon Brewery, Sullivan's Restaurant, Fort Independence
Best time of day:
Beware of windy conditions along Pleasure Bay.
Discover Allston's most cherished music venues, including Great Scott, O'Brien's, and the newbie in town, Brighton Music Hall. Hungry? Stop by Five Guys or Sunset Grill & Tap, or grab a drink at Tavern in The Square before you head out!