The Massachusetts Bay Commuter Rail’s Gold Star memorial train is making a stop in Scituate this Saturday to pay tribute to the men and women who have fallen in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The train was initially launched from Boston's South Station on its inaugural trip to Worchester on May 24, and is slowly making its way to all the towns with commuter rail stops.
“It cost the MBTA $35,000 to do this covering that goes over this special train, and it has gold stars, and in the stars it has the names of the fallen that died in Iraq and Afghanistan. So they’ve been bringing it into different stations,” said Donald Knapp, the veterans agent for the town of Scituate.
The train, decked in red, white, and blue, with gold stars in a straight line across the bottom, has been out of service for several weeks because the air bags had to be replaced, Knapp said.
However; the Scituate Veterans Advisory Council, and Scituate resident Joe Kelley – whose son Sergeant Michael Kelley, 26, died in 2005 while serving in the National Guard – have been urging the MBTA to bring the train to the South Shore.
The train bears the name of Army Sergeant First Class Kevin Dupont, whose wife, Lisa Murawski-Dupont, is a Scituate resident.
The original intent was to bring it into town for a day or two; however, the train will be at the Greenbush Station for only a half-hour, Knapp said, from approximately 10:40 to 11:10 a.m. on June 30.
“We wanted to let people know it will be there if people want to view it. It is something that is a real nice tribute to these people,” Knapp said.
The train bears over 100 gold stars, and officials are hopeful that the town can get the Afghanistan side of the train to face the platform.
Although the event is short notice, Knapp hopes that there is a good turnout.
“Hopefully, we get the word out,” he said. “We don’t know when it will be out and about, and I don’t know if they will continue it either.”
Check the Scituate Town Website for more information.