"I am grateful for the service these men and women have given to their country. The words that will be on the memorial, "Their Sacrifice for Our Freedom" rings true not only for those who lost their lives, but for all who serve."

-Former Lieutenant Governor Timothy P. Murray, July 15, 2009

Memorial Plans for Massachusetts Servicemembers Killed in Action Since 9/11/01

On July 15, 2009, former Lieutenant Governor Murray announced plans for the official state memorial for the more than 130 Massachusetts service members killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now completed, the traveling memorial is on tour across the Commonwealth. A task force including recently returned Marines, a Gold Star Family Member, the Bureau of State Office Buildings, the Office of the former Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Veterans Services developed a plan that led to this announcement in 2009.

The Memorial was on display at the State House from May 27 through the end of July, 2011.

The interactive, computer-based memorial includes a touch-screen podium kiosk placed in front of a large flat-screen television. Visitors are able to search for service members using their names or city/town information. Additional information pertaining to the veterans and the history of military and veterans issues is also available through the memorial.

Please visit the website of Mass Fallen Heroes, the non-profit group running the memorial for details on when the memorial will be near you: http://www.massfallenheroes.org/

Feel free to contact the Governor's Office at or Constituent.Services@state.ma.us if you have any feedback or suggestions on the Memorial's current and future plans.