Date Of Visit: June 17, 2018
Location: 308 Victory Rd, Marina Bay, Quincy, MA
Parking: There is street parking and a big parking lot located across the street
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Website: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Clock Tower
Once the site of a military training base, Marina Bay in Quincy, MA, is the perfect place for a military tribute.
The clock tower, which was dedicated in 1987, stands 85 feet tall. The base of the tower, which is dedicated to the men of Quincy who died as a result of the war in Vietnam, is 16 feet by 16 feet. The tower is built of brick and granite and has a gold leaf cupola. And, yes, the clock still keeps good time.
During the course of the year, the city and other organizations hold special events during important military related holidays such as Veterans Day or other noteworthy days.
Forty eight men from Quincy died either during the Vietnam War or later due to injuries they sustained from the war. The most recent name to be added was Capt. Alan Brudno. Capt. Brudno died in 2004 after suffering from PTSD which he was afflicted with after being held as a POW for 2,675 days.
A quote from President Kennedy and the names of all of the men from Quincy who passed away during or after the war are etched on the tower.
Small shops and restaurants dot the boardwalk along the bay. The views from the boardwalk located behind the tower offers pretty views of Boston and the surrounding area.
Besides the obvious sentimental value of the monument at Marina Bay, this was also sentimental for me for a very different reason.
I have spent many days and nights at Marina Bay (and not just to partake in the nightlife the area offers). I used to work in the building directly across the street from the monument.
The Marina Bay area has changed a lot since the days I spent working there. But, that’s a topic for another blog post.
There is a surprising amount of wildlife and animal habitat in the area. Seals are often found in the bay during the winter and I vaguely remember avoiding a turkey and deer (before they began developing he area) on my way to work in the past.
I did see this little critter during my photo shoot.
I also saw Sassy, a 12 year old mixed breed dog, during my visit.