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New Boston College Veterans’ Memorial to beDedicated with Mass, Ceremony on November 11

70-foot granite wall will honor 209 alumni killed in wartime service

CHESTNUT HILL, MA (11-06-09) – Boston College will honor the 209 alumni who lost their lives while serving in the military during wartime with the November 11 dedication of a 70-foot-long granite memorial wall that will permanently display the names of the deceased war veterans.

The dedication will begin with a 9:30 a.m. Mass in St. Ignatius Church with University President William P. Leahy, S.J., as principal celebrant.

At 10:50 a.m., a dedication ceremony for the new memorial wall will be held at its location on the Burns Library lawn, adjacent to the Boston College main entrance on Commonwealth Avenue.  Retired Marine Corps Gen. John J. Sheehan '62, the only BC alumnus to earn four-star flag rank, will be the keynote speaker. The ceremony will include the recitation of names of the graduates and former students who died in service to the nation during wartime, and a response by alumni veterans who will stand for the deceased.

Both the Mass and dedication ceremony are open to the public, and will be followed by a reception in Gasson Hall.

memorial The new Veterans' Memorial on the Boston College Burns Library Lawn. (Photo by Gary Wayne Gilbert)

The memorial wall was constructed with the same Weymouth granite stone used on the exterior of many of Boston College’s signature buildings. The serpentine-shaped wall is capped with pieces of polished dark granite engraved with the names of the University’s wartime dead. The 209 deceased alumni lost their lives in military conflicts from World War I through the ongoing Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

The Boston College Veterans’ Memorial is the result of nearly a decade of work by a group of alumni veterans who raised funds for the project and worked with University officials to study design proposals and research the names of former Boston College students who died in the nation’s armed conflicts.

Co-chairs of the memorial committee are Paul Delaney of Weymouth, a 1966 Boston College graduate who earned a Bronze Star award for meritorious service while serving with the Army in Vietnam, and Paul Lufkin ‘64 of Newburyport, a former Marine Corps officer and Vietnam veteran.

“Boston College has a tradition of answering the nation’s call to military service,” Delaney said.  “With the Veterans’ Memorial, not only do we remember and honor those that gave their lives, but also we pass on to the entire BC community, present and future, the lessons of what it costs to be a free and privileged country.”

 

For more information, contact Reid Oslin, Boston College Office of News & Public Affairs, (617) 552-3630.