Springfield's Newest Park Honors Slain Marine

Nov 9, 2017

The new park is located about a mile from the house where Thomas Sullivan grew up in Springfield's East Forest Park neighborhood.
Credit WAMC

  With Veterans Day approaching, a moving ceremony was held Thursday in Springfield, Massachusetts to dedicate the city’s newest park to a slain U.S. Marine.

 

  The Gunnery Srgt Thomas J. Sullivan Park is named for the U.S. Marine from Springfield killed in the 2015 terrorist shooting in Chatanooga, Tenn.  Sullivan, who was 40, died while trying to rescue other Marines.       

  Joe Sullivan, on behalf of the family, thanked the city for permanently honoring his brother’s legacy.

  "It is a great honor. It is in an appropriate place because this is where we grew up. You can really feel Tommy's presence here," said Sullivan.

  The 12-acre park next to a pond features walking paths, benches, a canoe and kayak launch, and a large wooden pavilion. 

The ceremony began with a procession led by a Marine Corps honor guard.