Special train to honor fallen troops
A special passenger coach train covered in commemorative decorations will roll through the Hub during a ceremony to honor the fallen war heroes from Massachusetts.
The unveiling and launch of the “Gold Star” commuter rail passenger coach on Wednesday will feature the names of soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen from Massachusetts “who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom,” according to officials from the Massachusetts Bay commuter Rail, the company contracted by the T to run commuter trains in the state.
The train will be at the South Station concourse early in the morning, decked out and shrink-wrapped with 136 gold stars that include the names of each fallen soldier.
According to a press release from MBCR, the memorial coach will be integrated into every commuter rail line traveling across the entire MBTA system “as a reminder of our fallen heroes and their sacrifice and dedication to us all.”
Lt. Gov. Tim Murray, MassDOT Secretary Rich Davey, T interim General Manager Jon Davis and officials from the MBCR will be at the celebratory occasion this week as the train rolls into one of Boston’s busiest stations.
Families of the military personnel have also been invited to be present as the special train is unveiled.