BOSTON - Surrounded by state and local leaders and members of the fire community, today the Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee official broke ground on the Bay State's first statewide Fallen Firefighters Memorial. As part of the celebration, the Registry of Motor Vehicles unveiled a new license plate that will directly benefit the Fire Memorial.
"This Memorial will honor the brave men and women of the fire services, who day in and day out help to keep us safe," said Memorial president, Norman Knight. "Firefighters are the unsung heroes of this world and this Memorial will stand proud as a tribute to all firefighters, past, present and future."
Slated to be completed next June and located in Ashburton Park on the grounds of the State House, the Memorial will not include any individual names. However, a RING OF HONOR will circle the sculpture and will include a limited edition of engravable bricks and stones that are available to firefighter families, departments and associations.
"We are thrilled to welcome the Firefighters Memorial license plate to our special plates collection," said Registrar of Motor Vehicles, Anne L. Collins. "Now all Bay State drivers will have the chance to show their support for our firefighters while supporting this Memorial."
The Firefighters Memorial license plate features a Maltese cross with a firefighter inside. The plates are open to all Massachusetts drivers, with $28 of each initial $40 registration fee going to help fund the Memorial. Upon renewal all proceeds go directly to the Memorial. Plates are available at RMV branches and online at massrmv.com.
The Memorial will feature a center sculpture of three firefighters and a RING OF HONOR that surrounds it. The RING OF HONOR bricks and stones are open to families of firefighters and can only be engraved with the names of deceased firefighters, at a cost of $250 and $2,500 respectively. Robert Shure of Skylight Studios in Woburn is commissioning the sculpture, with architectural design by Gale Associates of Weymouth and project management by Valley Crest Landscape Development of Boston.
The Massachusetts Fallen Firefighters Memorial Committee is made up of
- Norman Knight, President of The Hundred Club;
- Stephen D. Coan, State Fire Marshal;
- Robert B. McCarthy, President of the Professional Fire Fighters of MA;
- A. Michael Mullane, Third District Vice President of the International Association of Fire Fighters;
- Ken Donnelly, Secretary Treasurer of the Professional Fire Fighters of MA;
- Thomas E. Garrity, Devens Fire Chief and Fire Chiefs Association of MA Representative; and
- Michael McCullough, Past President of the MA Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association.
To date, nearly 85% of the $1-million dollar project has been raised through the fire community, corporate and private donations. For more information please visit mafirememorial.org or call 1-888-ASK FIRE.