SOUTH BOSTON — More than 300 people were on hand at the M Street Park in South Boston recently to mark the 41st anniversary of the South Boston Vietnam Memorial. The gathering was hosted by the memorial committee chairman Tom Lyons, along with his fellow committee members and veterans, Harry Carrol, Tom Irwin, Jerry Turner, and George Eagan. The memorial, which recognizes 25 South Boston natives who lost their lives in service to the country,…

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Bill Brett took this portrait of Kip Tiernan about 15 years ago and it was part of his fifth book, “Boston: Irish.” BACK BAY — The three arches on Dartmouth Street near Boylston Street mark the extraordinary life of Kip Tiernan, founder of Rosie’s Place and champion of those who others often overlooked, who died of cancer on July 2, 2011 at the age of 85. Dozens of people turned out on Saturday, Oct. 6,…

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COPLEY SQUARE — The team working on a permanent Boston memorial for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. held a reception last night at the Boston Public Library’s Map Room to unveil the designs for the art that will mark King’s history with the city. Among those on hand were Barry Gaither, Rev. Liz Walker, entrepreneur Paul English, and Joyce Linehan, chief of policy for the city of Boston. The public will now have a chance…

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SOUTH BOSTON — Great news from the chairman is that on Sept. 9, veterans from the region will gather at Medal of Honor Park in South Boston when the annual ceremony at the South Boston Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial will be dedicated to Senator John McCain, who died on Aug. 25. South Boston native and longtime veterans advocate Tom Lyons, chairman of the veterans memorial, spoke to the Boston Globe about McCain’s importance to veterans everywhere.…

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DORCHESTER — Hundreds turned out as a new granite memorial to honor the lives of two Dorchester police officers was dedicated on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at Pope John Paul II Park in Neponset. The memorial to the late Trooper Mark S. Charbonnier and Suffolk County Deputy Sheriff Sgt. Richard “Ricky” Dever sits near the drawbridge not far from Granite Avenue. The ceremony marked the end of three years of work to raise the money…

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