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U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center-Natick
Public Affairs Office
Kansas Street
Natick, MA 01760-5012

Contact: Public Affairs Office

Date: April 14, 2008
No: 08-10


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 force.

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 credentials.

Media can contact PAO by e-mail at: The PAO can also be contacted by phone at: 508-233-5340, 508-233-5945, or 508-233-4391.

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