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Veterans Cemetery
1330 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02144
Veterans Cemetery is a burial ground allocated for Somerville armed-forces veterans.
North Street/Veterans Playground
14 North St, Somerville, MA 02144
This local public park is located nearby the Veteran's Cemetery. It offers a playground, in addition to twoMore half-basketball courts, hopscotch courts, and rest areas.
Somerville Veterans' Services
50 Evergreen Ave, Somerville, MA 02145
This office, located at City Hall Annex,  helps veterans access the federally funded benefitsMore offered to former members of the armed forces and their families. Assistance is provided with applications for support ranging from housing and education assistance to medical and disability benefits and tax relief. The office also helps plan the City's annual Memorial Day Parade, as well as Veterans Day and Patriots' Day events.
Veterans of Foreign Wars George Dilboy Post 529
371 Summer St, Somerville, MA 02144

This local branch of the national Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States organization, VFW Post 529, is namedMore for George Dilboy, a onetime Somerville resident of Greek descent who received the Medal of Honor for his efforts in World War I. 

The George Dilboy Post is located on Summer Street just outside of Davis Square in the Winter Hill Bank building, with its entrance on Summer Street adjacent to the parking lot. This local branch holds monthly meetings, hosts fundraisers, does community service projects, participates in national scholarship contests and reaches out to local veterans. The George Dilboy Post also rents out its hall for functions and events. 

Veterans Memorial Skating Rink
570 Somerville Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

The City of Somerville took over administration of this state-owned ice rink in fall 2010, and immediately introducedMore more public skate times and programs including hockey lessons and league play for both youths and adults. The rink sits in the middle of Conway Park on Somerville Avenue. 

Public skating is free and as of 1/2/11, skate rentals were just $6. A snack bar is open daily and an on-site pro shop offers skate sharpening.

FUN TIP: The rink hosts birthday parties as well.

The Amercian Legion Post 19
124 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143
The American Legion is originally based out of Indianapolis and was founded in 1919. Since then, it's grown to over 3More million members in approximately 14,000 posts throughout the world. The organization is chartered by Congress and handles all lobbying relating to veteran-related issues including benefits, pensions and the VA Hospital system. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Ford, Carter and Bush (both) have all been Legion members. This location doubles as the home of VFW Post 6800, which meets every second Saturday at 10 am. The VFW has a separate website: www.vfw6800.org and officially became chartered on April 8, 1946. There is a function room on the premises.
Somerville City Hall Annex
50 Evergreen Ave, Somerville, MA 02145

Over a dozen City offices and programs occupy this building located just around the corner from Winter Hill CommunityMore School. They include:

-The Office of Sustainability and Environment

-The Somerville Arts Council

-Veterans' Services

-The Health Department and its divisions:

  • Office of Somerville Commissions (Women's, Multicultural, Human Rights, LGBT)
  • Public Health Nursing
  • Shape Up Somerville
  • SomerStreets Program
  • Somerville Cares About Prevention
  • Tobacco Control Program

-The Housing Division of the Mayor's Office of Strategic Planning & Community Development and its programs:

  • First-Time Homebuyer Opportunities
  • Down Payment and Closing Cost Assistance
  • Heating System Replacement
  • Homeless Assistance
  • Housing Rehabilitation
  • Lead Hazard Abatement

 

Edward L. Leathers Community Park
108 Walnut St, Somerville, MA 02145

Shade trees, a bounty of benches, and some creative play equipment for the kids can be found at this pretty urbanMore oasis—for both people and dogs. While bipeds can walk the two gracefully designed paths lined by over 60 trees, dogs can run free in the adjacent off-leash play area. And if anyone get's thirsty, the water fountain has a spout higher up for humans and a water bowl for canines below.

Built in 2008 with the help of an Urban Self Help Grant from the Massachusetts Department of Conservation Services, this park is a shining example of the City's recent efforts to green up Somerville. Though just about the size of one square block, you can plop down on a bench here and lose yourself in nature.

The park is named for former Somerville resident Edward L. Leathers, an Army Pfc. and WWII veteran.

Central Hill Park
81 Highland Ave, Somerville, MA 02143

With all the buildings that sit beside it, it's easy to overlook Central Hill Park. But this stretch of land onMore Highland Ave. that runs from the library, past the high school and on to City Hall is not just any green space. Laid out in 1876, Central Hill Park is one the city's two oldest parks (Foss Park was dedicated the same year). Walk its few shaded pathways and you can almost imagine our Victorian forebears strolling along on a Sunday with their top hats and parasols.

Today, it covers over 8 acres including the shaded plaza in front of the library, a playground next door and several grassy expanses. A number of memorials also stand on the grounds: the Civil War Memorial to the Union, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Memorial, the George Dilboy Memorial, the America Legion Memorial, The Somerville Honor Role memorial to WWII veterans, the Philippine Insurrection and China Relief Memorial, and The Unitarian Church Memorial.