Dog Tag Memorial, Old North Church, Boston

November 11, 2012 by  

Dog Tag Memorial, Old North Church, Boston, This place is amazing. It’s full of interesting architecture and really gives a glimpse of what church was like back in the day. The Old North Church, Dog Tag Garden Memorial and the Statue of Paul Revere

Toward the end of the Freedom Trail for those who set out from the Boston Common, is St. Stephen’s Church. Facing away from the church, across Hanover St. in the North End, there is an equestrian statue of Paul Revere. Paul Revere was not a member of the military, but rather an artist and craftsman. However, he was part of a group that enabled the militia to prepare for a British attack on the eve of the American Revolution.

The statue of Paul Revere is sitting in a tree-lined walking path. A minute’s walk along this path leads to a gateway. Just before this gateway on the right is a rather hidden treasure of Boston — the Dog Tag Memorial Garden. This is a small structure on which a single blank dog tag hangs for every United States soldier who died during the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Through the gate past the Dog Tag Memorial Garden, is the Old North Church. The Old North Church is where the legendary, “One if by land, two if by sea” lantern was hung for the benefit of the midnight riders who were setting out to warn the militia that the British were coming by sea.

Dog Tag Memorial, Old North Church, Boston

Dorchester Heights Monument

The Dorchester Heights Monument is a turn of the 20th century tower built to commemorate Washington’s victory after the Fortification of Dorchester Heights. The event led to an end of the Siege of Boston and the banishment of the British and the loyalists from Boston. The monument and surrounding land is currently held by the National Park Service.

Walking the city of Boston on Memorial Day to see these sites, one is sure to come across more festive observances of Memorial Day as well. The city is sure to be alive on Memorial Day, as with any national holiday of such import.

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