First Annual Fallen Heroes Event
by Dan Valovcin 12/4/10
First Annual Fallen Heroes Event
"I knew this was going to be a big event."
The first ever Fallen Heroes Memorial dinner was held on December 2, 2010, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in hopes to raise awareness of their cause. Their cause is simple yet a journey for everyone involved. The plan is to build a permanent memorial somewhere in Massachusetts for the fallen soldiers who have given their lives not only for the United States but for Massachusetts in particular. The group also wishes to dedicate this memorial to the families of these heroes, who have endured such agony, in hopes of helping everyone know that their loved one was truly an American Hero.
The Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund was founded in 2010 by local decorated military members, veterans and Gold Star Families. They are dedicated to honoring Bay State men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan and gave their lives to our nation. Our group is working with government officials to create a permanent Memorial to Our Fallen Heroes. Since the state cannot fund raise for the Memorial, our group has been selected as the nonprofit partner that will take on the official fund raising role.
Originally set for June 2010 with tickets to this black tie event being up at $100 dollars a plate, and with all raised money going to the memorial, the dinner quickly sold out. The dinner sold out so quickly that many people kept asking to attend the dinner and they decided to postpone until they found a bigger place to hold the event. Once the Boston Convention Center donated its space for the event and the dinner was selling tickets, they again quickly sold out for the dinner on December 2, 2010.
The Convention Center donated its space, Levy Restaurant the food, and Sam Adams Brewery the beer for the event.
Carolyn Dykema, Massachusetts State Representative and a resident of Holliston, with the aid of the Local American Legion Post's Gulf 2 Fund' had purchased a table for the dinner and requested the presence of some of Holliston's Veterans to be her guests. Among the guests included Peter Hill, Mike Sullivan, Michael Hamlet, Sven Mozdiez with his date and myself.
From The Boston Fire Department ladder trucks lining the street and hanging an American flag from their extended ladders to the silhouette of a soldier, kneeling next to a rifle and boots of a fallen brother, projected onto the side of the building, I knew this was going to be a big event. The evening started with a cocktail hour and quickly led to dinner. Many guest speakers stood on stage and reminded the people eating dinner of the importance of remembering and honoring our fallen heroes. Along with honoring our fallen American soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines, and coast guard, this memorial will be a grim reminder to all future generations of the hardships of war and the effects it has on real people.
In closing, I would like to say, on behalf of us all, thank you to Carolyn Dykema for the invitation to such an amazing event and evening. If anyone has any question about the Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund or wishes to make a donation you can find out more at http://www.massfallenheroes.org/ or under Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial on Facebook.
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