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The bronze monument unveiled in the South End, depicting male and female Puerto Rican soldiers, is the first in the nation dedicated to Puerto Rican soldiers.

The bronze monument unveiled in the South End, depicting male and female Puerto Rican soldiers, is the first in the nation dedicated to Puerto Rican soldiers.

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First in the nation: memorial, park in Boston honor Puerto Rican veterans

When the curtain came off the nation’s first-ever memorial to Puerto Rican veterans, it was the culmination of 14 years of effort by a pair of Vietnam veterans determined to see their fellow soldiers honored for their service to their country.