In honor of all the men and women in uniform (past and present), for the countless sacrifices they have made to protect our country and our freedom.
This image was taken at the old South Weymouth, Naval Air Station; soon to be transformed into the village of Southfield. Which will include homes, shops, offices, and restaurants. Upon first entering Southfield you come to Shea Field Memorial Grove.
Shea Field Memorial Grove was conceived by Captain Robert A. Duetsch, the last commanding Officer of Naval Air Station, South Weymouth. Shea Field was dedicated to Commander John Joseph Shea, USN, former commanding officer of Naval Air Station Squantum, who heroically gave his life in enemy action aboard the USS WASP, sunk in the South Pacific 15 September 1942.
The Grove consists of 32 trees dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients from Plymouth counties; the A-4B aircraft (shown above), which served at the NAS South Weymouth, to commemorate the two closed Air Stations; the CDR Jack Shea dedication plaque; a flag pole with yardarm to fly the American Flag, the POW/MIA pennant and a military banner; and 12 benches located around the Grove for people to relax while in the Grove.