With Independence Day right around the corner, it’s a good time to explore some of Boston’s War memorials and monuments. Not only do they serve as an excellent reminder of how we gained our independence, but others also highlight how the United States has continued to remain the “Land of the Free.” To that end, here is a look at just a few of the great memorials and monuments Boston has to offer.
Bunker Hill Monument
Located in Monument Square in Charlestown, the Bunker Hill Monument commemorates the Revolutionary War’s first major battle. Taking place on June 17, 1775, the battle was technically a British win, but the steadfastness of American soldiers indicated the longer conflict that was to come. The monument itself is a 221-foot obelisk that dates back to 1842. The interior is open most days for climbing and a museum dedicated to the battle is located across the street.
Fort Washington Park
Located at 95 Waverly Street in Cambridge, Fort Washington Park is the site where General Washington ordered the construction of three batteries in order to aim cannons across the river toward British-occupied Boston. The mounds, which serve as a reminder of the Continental Army’s presence in Cambridge, remain there to this day.
Hall of Flags
Located at 24 Beacon Street in the Massachusetts State House, the Hall of Flags commemorates those Massachusetts soldiers who found in conflicts dating all the way back to the Revolution. The name of the marble hall is a nod to the tradition dating back to the Civil War in which Massachusetts’s service members donated flags to the commonwealth. The originals are with textile conservators while the ones on display at the Hall of Flags are replicas.
Designed by twin brothers Cyrus and Darius Cobb and completed in 1871, the Lincoln-Soldier Monument commemorates the city’s war dead. The monument includes a statue of a Civil War soldier at the top along with a bronze statue of President Lincoln below. The monument is located at Waterhouse Street and Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge.
Minute Man National Historical Park
Dating back to 1875, the Minuteman statue is a sight not to be missed at Minute Man National Historical Park. The park itself, which is located on Monument Street in Concord, marks the first two battles of the American Revolution.
Old Powder House
Located at Powder House Square in Somerville, the Old Powder House is where nearly 300 British troops stored the gunpowder that they stole in September 1774. The actions of these troops shocked colonists to the point that it is considered one of the catalysts to starting the Revolutionary War.
Vietnam Memorial Park
As the name suggests, Vietnam Memorial Park includes a monument honoring those who were killed during the Vietnam War. The park, which is located at 00 Park Drive in Boston, also has a map on the ground of Vietnam.
World War II Memorial Park
Erected in 1949, World War II Memorial Park memorializes the more than 3,000 Bostonians who died during the war. Build around a winged Victory, the park is located at Back Bay Fens.