City to re-label all of its memorial 'squares'

Mayor Menino's office today announced a plan to re-label all 1,285 of Boston's "Hero Squares" so you'll be able to learn more about the people whose names are posted on all those intersections. Plaques that currently list only the person's name will be supplemented with new signs offering some biographical background on the person and a link to additional information online.

The first square to get the new markers is at Mass. Ave. and Columbia Road in Dorchester, named today in honor of Sgt. Alberto D. Montrond:

Sgt. Montrond was killed in the line of duty on February 13, 2006 when a vehicle carrying him and three other soldiers was hit by a land mine north of Deh Rawod, Afghanistan. His family, District 7 City Councilor Tito Jackson, Commissioner of Veterans Services Francisco Urena, and other city officials attended the dedication.



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    Any word on how they plan

    on removing Tom's name from the 1mm plus signs! Also this practice should be banned, i'm sure the next Mayor isn't going to hold the seat for 20 years.

    Mumbles established a bad practice by plastering his name all over the city, and i would assume the next Mayor elected will also feel entitled to do so.

    Let's go a step further

    The list of dignitaries who attended the dedication makes it clear this isn't about commemorating those who have made the ultimate sacrifice at all.

    Does the term "dignitaries" still apply if the people so named are completely lacking in dignity?

    OK, D.A.

    That would be "Devil's Advocate".

    Might the addition of the names of those who attended the dedication add some luster? Perhaps surviving family members might take pride in saying that "so-and-so attended Johnny's dedication", if the attendee was a high muckety-muck?

    Personally, I would prefer no names other than the deceased/honored. But maybe the additional names hold value for some?


    "The first square to get the

    "The first square to get the new markers is at Mass. Ave. and Columbia Road in Dorchester, named today in honor of Sgt. Alberto D. Montrond"

    Was he from that immediate neighborhood?

    I'm glad they're recognizing locals, and contemporary heroes, too. Why did they stick this dedication on an intersection that already has a memorial designation - one people sometimes actually use (Edward Everett Square)?

    Are there no other intersections in the area that aren't already named?

    Is it necessary or appropriate to give the appearance of supplanting yesterday's heroes?

    City does this

    The city has been renaming these memorial squares for years - one of the things my bitter neighbor is bitter about is the fact that the "square" in Brighton that had been dedicated to her brother was repurposed quite some years back and dedicated to a more recent deceased veteran instead.