U.S. Army to honor
Massachusetts war heroes
NATICK, Mass. --- The U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (SSC) will
honor Massachusetts Medal of Honor recipients in a dedication
ceremony at the installation on Saturday, April 19.
During the ceremony, SSC officials will rename and dedicate 34
buildings, facilities, and streets on the 78-acre post after
Massachusetts Medal of Honor recipients.
The Medal of Honor is our nation’s highest military award given to
American servicemen and women for valor in action against an enemy
The program will consist of multi-media presentations and exhibits
at 10 a.m., a formal presentation from 11 to 11:30, followed by
tours of the memorialization plaques and street signs.
Speakers at the 11 a.m. presentation will include SSC Commanding
General, Brig. Gen. R. Mark Brown, and Medal of Honor recipient and
Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans’ Services Thomas G. Kelley.
Tom Hudner, a WWII Medal of Honor recipient, is also planning to
attend as well as family members and descendents of recipients of
the prestigious medal.
SSC officials decided to honor Massachusetts Medal of Honor
recipients on April 19 because of its historical significance. On
that date in 1775, area militia men battled the British in Lexington
and Concord in what would become known as the first battle of the
American Revolution. Massachusetts and other states honor those
colonists on April 19 each year by celebrating Patriots’ Day.
Massachusetts is also known as the birthplace of the U.S. Army.
Following the Battles of Lexington and Concord, the militia chased
the British back to Boston and kept them in check when they set up
camp in Cambridge. The Continental Congress subsequently declared
the militia to be the Continental Army on June 14, 1775, and
dispatched George Washington to Cambridge to take charge of the
newly created Army.
Today, the U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center is the only active Army
installation in New England.
Media planning to attend this historic event should contact the SSC
Public Affairs Office (PAO) by noon, April 17. The PAO team will
need the names of media attendees to satisfy security requirements
and coordinate for camera passes. If media representatives are not
U.S. citizens, the PAO staff will need to know and the media
representatives will need to bring a passport as well as media
Media can contact PAO by e-mail at:
NATI-IMNE-SSC-PA@conus.army.mil. The PAO can also be contacted
by phone at: 508-233-5340, 508-233-5945, or 508-233-4391.