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New mural for local veteran

West Roxbury locals and city officials have honored Captain Tom Kelley with a new mural for his 30-year career in the US Navy and contributions to the local community.

The new mural depicting Captain Kelley in West Roxbury.

The mural was funded by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Photo via City of Boston officials

We’ve spotted a new mural to add to our guide. Next time you find yourself strolling through West Roxbury, you’ll want to know who this man is.

City of Boston officials, veterans, and Roxbury community members helped unveil a new mural honoring Captain Tom Kelley and named Sept. 7 as “Captain Thomas Kelley Day.” Captain Kelley, who grew up in West Roxbury, served for 30 years in the US Navy in various roles and received the Medal of Honor from President Nixon in 1970. Local residents reached out to the city’s neighborhood liaison to request a tribute honoring his service and dedication.

The mural is located on the side of the Boston Ale House on the corner of Centre + Hastings streets. It was completed by local artist Laura DeDonato Wiatt and features Captain Kelley and the not-yet-built USS Thomas G. Kelley, a missile destroyer.

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