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Mass. Bay's Gold Star memorial train to roll through Framingham, Natick tonight

Posted by Jaclyn Reiss  June 13, 2012 03:19 PM

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Adorned with over 150 gold stars, each with the names of fallen soldiers from Massachusetts, the Mass. Bay Commuter Rail's Gold Star memorial train was unveiled May 23 at Boston's South Station.

The Mass. Bay Commuter Rail's Gold Star memorial train will charge through Natick and Framingham tonight, giving local residents and commuters the chance to see the red, white and blue-wrapped rail car sporting over 150 gold stars with the names of fallen Massachusetts soldiers.

The train was unveiled at Boston South's Station right before Memorial Day, and will now travel across the commuter rail system for two months.

The train will be in Natick tonight at 4:36 p.m. and 7:01 p.m., and will head through Framingham at 4:42 p.m. and 6:56 p.m. tonight as well.

The train runs like a normal commuter car, and will be carrying passengers. It will stop at all of the regular stops to let passengers on and off.

“With so many veterans employed by the railroad, it is a privilege to operate this one-of-a-kind traveling memorial for those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and their families,” said MBCR general manager Hugh Kiley, Jr., when the train was first unveiled.

Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray, who also chairs the Governor's Advisory Council on Veterans' Services, said Massachusetts is proud to honor all veterans who have served our state and country.

“With the launch of the United State’s first-ever memorial train, Massachusetts will have the unique opportunity to recognize our military service men and women who sacrificed their lives for our country dur­ing Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom," Murray said previously.

Massachusetts Secretary of Veterans Affairs Coleman Nee said the coach will serve as a rolling memorial to those service members and their families who died serving their country.

“It heartens me to know that this memorial will be on the tracks, passing through cities and towns across the Commonwealth as a reminder of these brave heroes and their dedication," Nee said.

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Mansfield resident Spc. Corey M. Shea is one soldier memorialized on the train. His mother bends down to touch his star at the train's unveiling event in late May.

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