Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local veterans, Gold Star Families, police officers and other patriotic citizens. We ourselves are combat veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are committed to memorializing our fellow service members who did not return home to their families. Our work began with a goal to construct a public memorial to honor all Massachusetts Fallen Heroes who gave their lives fighting the global war on terrorism since September 11, 2001. On May 27, 2016 the memorial was dedicated in front of Gold Star Family members, veterans, all branches of the military, politicians and the general public. The memorial stands in Boston’s Seaport Common and serves as a place for reflection and remembrance of those who gave their lives fighting for our freedom. The work we do to Honor the Fallen was our beginning and we have since evolved from a charity, strictly geared towards building a tribute honoring Fallen Heroes, into a multifaceted organization.

Our mission is to strengthen the connections between Massachusetts Veterans and Gold Star Families. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is actively working on new programs for our Gold Star Families, new partnerships, and our Education Program which launched in 2016. Massachusetts Veteran’s Edge will focus on empowering veterans and transitioning military personnel on active duty.

  • Created a permanent memorial dedicated on May 27, 2016 in Boston’s Innovation and Seaport District
  • Pays tribute to Massachusetts’ men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting the global war on terrorism since September 11, 2001 (currently 226)
  • Maintains and updates memorial year-round
  • Creating an indoor, interactive educational installation (future project)

Veteran’s Edge

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has developed the Veterans’ Edge program and now also act as a liaison in acquiring educational, employment, medical, legal, financial and numerous additional services to local military veterans, their families and families of the fallen. Veterans’ Edge ensures that all heroes returning home receive the support and services they have earned and deserve. Our outreach efforts, programs and events have united the Massachusetts Gold Star and Veteran communities in a unique bond of shared loss and healing.

  • Provides 12 hour (maximum) response to ANY veteran need or request
  • Conducts job placement and success follow up with partnering companies
  • Translates veteran’s service activity into meaningful skill set for employment
  • Connects veterans to appropriate services, including substance abuse, career struggles, mental instability, and provides critical follow up
  • Provides free professional services (educational, employment, medical and financial) to veterans
  • Provides legal assistance for all post 9/11 veterans
  • Extends Veteran’s Edge services to all MA National Guard

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes

Board

Greg Kelly, President
Combat Veteran

Mike Brown, Vice President
Combat Veteran

Daniel Harrington, ESQ, Clerk
Combat Veteran

Christine Griffin, Assistant Clerk
Veteran and Gold Star Sister

James Kelley, ESQ, Treasurer

John Broderick
Boston Police Officer

Mary Ellen Callahan
Gold Star Mother of SSGT William Callahan, USMC, Killed in Action April 27, 2007

Robert Hallinan
Principal, Nexus LCM
Combat Veteran

Colonel David Hunt
Military Analyst, Fox News
Combat Veteran and Gold Star Brother

John B. Hynes III
CEO & Managing Partner, Boston Global Investors

Edward Kelly
President, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts
Combat Veteran

Matthew McKenna
Senior Director, Public Affairs, Lynch Associates

Chris Pratt
Executive Vice President, Suburban Integrated Facilities Resources
Combat Veteran

Steve Xiarhos
Gold Star Father of LCPL Nicholas G. Xiarhos, USMC, Killed in Action July 23, 2009

Staff

Dan Magoon, Executive Director

Kelly Roche, Operations Director

Dwayne Smyth, Veteran Advocate

Patrick Hayden, Veteran Advocate

Ryan Arsenault, Veteran Advocate

Erin Vasselian, Administration Manager