It stands more than six feet tall and looks like it belongs in a museum. In fact, it is a museum–one that honors all 174 of the Massachusetts soldiers who died while serving their country in the Middle East.
After some work by various entities in Holliston, the interactive memorial will be on display in the through the end of the week. Volunteers are staffing it from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily until the end of day on Friday.
The memorial was funded by donations to the Massachusetts Iraq and Afghanistan Fallen Heroes Memorial Fund, and is the first step toward building a permanent public memorial.
The fund was created to "honor the sons and daughters of Massachusetts who served in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, 2001 and gave their lives in service to our nation," a brochure at the memorial said.
The memorial is computer-based and allows users to type in the name or hometown of the soldiers they want information on a touch screen, and it will be broadcast on the larger screen.
No soldiers from Holliston have died in this conflict but many community members have connections to fallen members of the military.