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<p>Villa Victoria resident Elisa Soltren sings the National Anthem during the unveiling of the Puerto Rican Veterans monument in the South End last week.</p>

Villa Victoria resident Elisa Soltren sings the National Anthem during the unveiling of the Puerto Rican Veterans monument in the South End last week.

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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.