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21 Greater Boston Military Memorials

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In honor of Memorial Day, we've mapped 21 memorials to those who served in military engagements going back to the Revolution. Some of these monuments are world famous (Memorial Hall in Cambridge, the U.S.S. Constitution in Charlestown); others you may be little aware of (the Beirut memorial in Christopher Columbus Park or the Spanish-American War murals in the State House). Most can be visited on foot within a few hours.


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1. Minuteman Statue

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1625 Old Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

Erected in 1900 and depicting militia Captain John Parker, the statue looms at one end of Lexington Common, which is situated amongst the scene of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.

2. Cambridge Common Cannons

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Garden Street & Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

These three cannon were seized by Washington’s army after the British evacuated the Boston area in 1776.

3. Fort Washington Mounds

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95 Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

General Washington ordered three batteries to be built for cannon aimed at Boston across the river. These mounds are what’s left, the last reminder dating uninterrupted to the 18th century of the Continental Army’s Cambridge presence.

4. Boston Massacre

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State Street & Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109

In March 1770, British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators, killing five and wounding 11.

5. Bunker Hill

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Monument Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

The June 17, 1775 battle was the first major one of the Revolutionary War and technically a British win.

6. Boston Tea Party

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Congress Street & Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

Though recently co-opted by some on the right, the original Tea Party involved dumping more than 10,000 pounds of tea from three ships docked off what was called Griffin Wharf.

7. Powder House

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Liberty Avenue & Powder House Terrace
Somerville, MA 02144

In September 1774, the British launched a pre-emptive raid against the magazines of colonial militia. Within a year, such thievery would blow up in their face.

8. U.S.S. Constitution Museum

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1st Avenue & 3rd Street, Boston National Historical Park
Boston, MA 02129

Honoring the world’s oldest naval vessel still afloat (born: 1797), the museum especially chronicles Old Ironsides role in the War of 1812.

9. 54th Massachusetts Memorial

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Beacon Street & Park Street
Boston, MA 02108

The sculpture commemorating the Civil War role of the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black regiment in the American army, took Augustus Saint-Gaudens nearly 14 years to complete. It was unveiled in 1897.

10. Joseph Hooker Statue

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24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Unveiled in 1903, it commemorates Joseph Hooker, who commanded the Army of the Potomac in 1863, declaring, “May God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none.”

11. Boston Soldiers and Sailors Monument

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00 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02108

Completed in 1877 on the highest point on Boston Common, the memorial honors Bostonians who fought for the Union.

12. Jamaica Plain Monument

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Centre Street & South Street
Boston, MA 02132

The 27-foot monument was unveiled in 1871 to commemorate the Civil War contributions of the then-Town of West Roxbury.

13. Lincoln – Soldier Monument

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Massachusetts Avenue & Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Completed in 1871, the monument on Cambridge Common includes a statue at the top of a Civil War soldier and a bronze of President Lincoln below.

14. Memorial Hall

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45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

Finished in 1877, the hall continues as a monument to those Harvard students and alum who died fighting for the U.S. in the Civil War (Confederate casualties are not mentioned).

15. Spanish-American War Memorial

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24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

Located inside the State House, the memorial features murals depicting Massachusetts’ role in the war (amid other wars).

16. Massachusetts Korean War Veterans Memorial

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1st Avenue & Terry Ring
Boston, MA 02129

The memorial to the more than 1,500 Massachusetts casualties in the war—and the dozens still missing—is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard and was finished in 1993.

17. South Boston Vietnam War Memorial

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East Broadway & M Street
Boston, MA 02127

It was dedicated in September 1981, and is thought to be the oldest Vietnam War memorial in the nation.

18. Vietnam War Memorial

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Park Drive & Agassiz Road
Boston, MA 02215

Finished in 1989, the memorial includes a map of Vietnam and a stone plaza.

19. South Boston Korean War Memorial

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2080 William J Day Boulevard
Boston, MA 02127

The Castle Island monument honors the 20 Southie men who died in the early 1950s war.

20. World War II Memorial

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Park Drive & Agassiz Road
Boston, MA 02215

Erected in 1949, the monument built around a winged Victory memorializes the more than 3,000 Bostonians who died in the war.

21. Old North Church Memorial Garden

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193 Salem Street, Boston National Historical Park
Boston, MA 02113

Using nameless dog tags, the garden memorializes those killed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

22. Roslindale World War I Memorial

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Washington Street & Poplar Street
Boston, MA 02131

It took until 1958—40 years after the war’s end and after another world war—to complete the monument to Roslindale’s Great War fallen.

23. Beirut Memorial

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Atlantic Avenue & Cross Street
Boston, MA 02110

Located in Christopher Columbus Park and unveiled in 1992, this commemorates those killed in the 1983 terrorist attack on a barracks in the Lebanese capital.

24. Charlestown Civil War Memorial

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Winthrop Street & Adams Street
Boston, MA 02129

Dating from 1872, this granite memorial commemorates Civil War soldiers and sailors from Charlestown. It's located in the same field where colonial minutemen trained during the American Revolution

25. Dorchester Heights Monument

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Old Harbor Street & Telegraph Street
Boston, MA 02127

As the City of Boston puts it, "Dorchester Heights is famous for a battle that never happened." Basically, the British ceded the heights to Washington's fortified troops there, and evacuated Boston in March 1776. The marble monument was dedicated in 1902.

1. Minuteman Statue

1625 Old Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington, MA 02421

Erected in 1900 and depicting militia Captain John Parker, the statue looms at one end of Lexington Common, which is situated amongst the scene of the first battle in the Revolutionary War.

1625 Old Massachusetts Avenue
Lexington, MA 02421

2. Cambridge Common Cannons

Garden Street & Appian Way, Cambridge, MA 02138

These three cannon were seized by Washington’s army after the British evacuated the Boston area in 1776.

Garden Street & Appian Way
Cambridge, MA 02138

3. Fort Washington Mounds

95 Waverly Street, Cambridge, MA 02139

General Washington ordered three batteries to be built for cannon aimed at Boston across the river. These mounds are what’s left, the last reminder dating uninterrupted to the 18th century of the Continental Army’s Cambridge presence.

95 Waverly Street
Cambridge, MA 02139

4. Boston Massacre

State Street & Devonshire Street, Boston, MA 02109

In March 1770, British soldiers opened fire on a crowd of demonstrators, killing five and wounding 11.

State Street & Devonshire Street
Boston, MA 02109

5. Bunker Hill

Monument Square, Charlestown, MA 02129

The June 17, 1775 battle was the first major one of the Revolutionary War and technically a British win.

Monument Square
Charlestown, MA 02129

6. Boston Tea Party

Congress Street & Dorchester Avenue, Boston, MA 02210

Though recently co-opted by some on the right, the original Tea Party involved dumping more than 10,000 pounds of tea from three ships docked off what was called Griffin Wharf.

Congress Street & Dorchester Avenue
Boston, MA 02210

7. Powder House

Liberty Avenue & Powder House Terrace, Somerville, MA 02144

In September 1774, the British launched a pre-emptive raid against the magazines of colonial militia. Within a year, such thievery would blow up in their face.

Liberty Avenue & Powder House Terrace
Somerville, MA 02144

8. U.S.S. Constitution Museum

1st Avenue & 3rd Street, Boston National Historical Park, Boston, MA 02129

Honoring the world’s oldest naval vessel still afloat (born: 1797), the museum especially chronicles Old Ironsides role in the War of 1812.

1st Avenue & 3rd Street, Boston National Historical Park
Boston, MA 02129

9. 54th Massachusetts Memorial

Beacon Street & Park Street, Boston, MA 02108

The sculpture commemorating the Civil War role of the 54th Massachusetts, the first all-black regiment in the American army, took Augustus Saint-Gaudens nearly 14 years to complete. It was unveiled in 1897.

Beacon Street & Park Street
Boston, MA 02108

10. Joseph Hooker Statue

24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Unveiled in 1903, it commemorates Joseph Hooker, who commanded the Army of the Potomac in 1863, declaring, “May God have mercy on General Lee, for I will have none.”

24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

11. Boston Soldiers and Sailors Monument

00 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02108

Completed in 1877 on the highest point on Boston Common, the memorial honors Bostonians who fought for the Union.

00 Charles Street
Boston, MA 02108

12. Jamaica Plain Monument

Centre Street & South Street, Boston, MA 02132

The 27-foot monument was unveiled in 1871 to commemorate the Civil War contributions of the then-Town of West Roxbury.

Centre Street & South Street
Boston, MA 02132

13. Lincoln – Soldier Monument

Massachusetts Avenue & Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Completed in 1871, the monument on Cambridge Common includes a statue at the top of a Civil War soldier and a bronze of President Lincoln below.

Massachusetts Avenue & Garden Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

14. Memorial Hall

45 Quincy Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Finished in 1877, the hall continues as a monument to those Harvard students and alum who died fighting for the U.S. in the Civil War (Confederate casualties are not mentioned).

45 Quincy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138

15. Spanish-American War Memorial

24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Located inside the State House, the memorial features murals depicting Massachusetts’ role in the war (amid other wars).

24 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108

16. Massachusetts Korean War Veterans Memorial

1st Avenue & Terry Ring, Boston, MA 02129

The memorial to the more than 1,500 Massachusetts casualties in the war—and the dozens still missing—is located in the Charlestown Navy Yard and was finished in 1993.

1st Avenue & Terry Ring
Boston, MA 02129

17. South Boston Vietnam War Memorial

East Broadway & M Street, Boston, MA 02127

It was dedicated in September 1981, and is thought to be the oldest Vietnam War memorial in the nation.

East Broadway & M Street
Boston, MA 02127

18. Vietnam War Memorial

Park Drive & Agassiz Road, Boston, MA 02215

Finished in 1989, the memorial includes a map of Vietnam and a stone plaza.

Park Drive & Agassiz Road
Boston, MA 02215

19. South Boston Korean War Memorial

2080 William J Day Boulevard, Boston, MA 02127

The Castle Island monument honors the 20 Southie men who died in the early 1950s war.

2080 William J Day Boulevard
Boston, MA 02127

20. World War II Memorial

Park Drive & Agassiz Road, Boston, MA 02215

Erected in 1949, the monument built around a winged Victory memorializes the more than 3,000 Bostonians who died in the war.

Park Drive & Agassiz Road
Boston, MA 02215

21. Old North Church Memorial Garden

193 Salem Street, Boston National Historical Park, Boston, MA 02113

Using nameless dog tags, the garden memorializes those killed the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

193 Salem Street, Boston National Historical Park
Boston, MA 02113

22. Roslindale World War I Memorial

Washington Street & Poplar Street, Boston, MA 02131

It took until 1958—40 years after the war’s end and after another world war—to complete the monument to Roslindale’s Great War fallen.

Washington Street & Poplar Street
Boston, MA 02131

23. Beirut Memorial

Atlantic Avenue & Cross Street, Boston, MA 02110

Located in Christopher Columbus Park and unveiled in 1992, this commemorates those killed in the 1983 terrorist attack on a barracks in the Lebanese capital.

Atlantic Avenue & Cross Street
Boston, MA 02110

24. Charlestown Civil War Memorial

Winthrop Street & Adams Street, Boston, MA 02129

Dating from 1872, this granite memorial commemorates Civil War soldiers and sailors from Charlestown. It's located in the same field where colonial minutemen trained during the American Revolution

Winthrop Street & Adams Street
Boston, MA 02129

25. Dorchester Heights Monument

Old Harbor Street & Telegraph Street, Boston, MA 02127

As the City of Boston puts it, "Dorchester Heights is famous for a battle that never happened." Basically, the British ceded the heights to Washington's fortified troops there, and evacuated Boston in March 1776. The marble monument was dedicated in 1902.

Old Harbor Street & Telegraph Street
Boston, MA 02127