As Tragedies Mount, Memorial at JP’s Monument Grows

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Originally created to memorialize fallen soldiers from the town of West Roxbury (now Jamaica Plain) who lost their lives during the Civil War, the Soldier's Monument on Centre Street in JP is now a growing memorial for this summer's seemingly never-ending string of tragedies.

In recent years, the monument has been a meeting place for those involved in war protests and peace vigils. Then, in June, community members held a vigil at the Monument for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Since then, the fencing around the Monument has also been decorated with flags, signs and crosses memorializing victims from this month's shootings in St. Paul, Minn., Dallas, Texas, and Baton Rouge, La., as well as international tragedies including last fall's massacre in Paris and this week's truck attack in Nice, France.