38th Anniversary of the South Boston Vietnam Memorial to be Celebrated Sunday, September 15, at Medal of Honor Park
Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, Ret., will be the keynote speaker

South Boston will celebrate the 38th Anniversary of the South Boston Vietnam Memorial, located in Medal of Honor Park, on Sunday, Sept. 15.

A Memorial Mass will be held in St. Brigid Church, 841 East Broadway, South Boston, at 10:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. rededication ceremony at the South Boston Vietnam Memorial in Medal of Honor Park on M Street.

Retired Marine Corps General John F. Kelly, a Boston native, will be the keynote speaker.

Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, and Congressman Stephen Lynch are expected to attend, as well as Medal of Honor Recipients Thomas G. Kelley (Vietnam) and Ryan M. Pitts (Afghanistan). Also attending the rededication ceremony will be the families of the 25 men from South Boston who were killed in action during the Vietnam War, along with many South Boston Vietnam Veterans.

The South Boston Vietnam Memorial was among America’s first formal memorials for Vietnam Veterans – predating the dedication of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. by 13 months. It honors 25 men from South Boston who gave their lives during the war. South Boston suffered one of the highest losses of men killed in action in the country for a community of its size. 

The South Boston Vietnam Memorial was dedicated on Sept. 13, 1981, and a rededication ceremony is held every September.