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September 8, 2011

Memorials pay tribute to North Shore's fallen service members


The War on Terror memorial in Marblehead lists Piper's name. At Marblehead High School, the football field is named after him. Piper, a Green Beret, was a former football standout for the Magicians, wearing No. 64. The field was dedicated to him on Thanksgiving Day in 2005.

A 1999 graduate of St. John's Prep, 1st Lt. Derek Hines of Newburyport starred on the ice and lacrosse field for the Eagles. The West Point graduate and Army Ranger was killed in 2005 in Afghanistan. His hometown named a bridge that spans the Merrimack River between Amesbury and Newburyport after him. Every winter, the St. John's hockey team dedicates a game to Hines and hangs his old game jersey on the bench.

In Salem, with the state's blessing, the city named the bypass road — a one-mile link from the Beverly-Salem bridge to downtown — Sgt. James Ayube Memorial Drive. The road is not far from the Bridge Street home where Ayube grew up. The 25-year-old Army medic from Salem was killed last December by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

Members of the Beverly VFW Post 545 renamed their organization the Fortunato VFW Post 545 in recognition of Stephen Fortunato and other members of his family, who have a long record of service to the military and the city.

The square next to the post office on Rantoul Street is also named for Fortunato, who was 25 when he was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

"It's an honor for me to have that sign there as a memorial to him," said his mom, Betty Crawford. "I'm really appreciative of what the city has done."

On Sept. 11, Crawford will light a candle in memory of all those killed on that day, but also for the servicemen and servicewomen who have died since then.

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