Fisher House Dedicates Healing Garden, Unveils Sculpture by Iraq War Vet
Fisher House Boston is a facility on the VA Hospital site in West Roxbury a free of charge hotel for families of veterans receiving treatment.
On Saturday, Fisher House Boston dedicated a Healing Garden and unveiled a sculpture created by wounded Iraq War veteran in West Roxbury.
Staff Sgt. William R. Kleinedler created the sculpture “Integro” - made of steel and copper, standing 12-feet high. It was built with the help of 16 students from Worcester Technical High School where the sculpture was constructed, according to a press release.
Integro means “to begin anew,” is located in the Fisher House Healing Garden alongside natural elements selected with healing in mind. The garden was designed and built by the Garden Continuum of Medfield. The Healing Garden and sculpture were dedicated to all branches of the military, and the men and women who have served.
In attendance were three Congressional Medal of Honor recipients: Colonel Harvey “Barney” Barnum JR., USMC Ret., Colonel Wesley Fox, USMC Ret. and Sgt. Robert O’Malley, USMC Ret. Also in attendance were Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray; City Manager for the City of Worcester, Michael O’Brien; SSG William Kleinedler of New Braintree, Mass., President of the Fisher House Board of Directors, Michelle Keating of Wrentham; Executive Director of Fisher House Boston Jennifer DeLuca, of Norfolk, Mass. and members of the Fisher House Board of Directors, Thomas Lyons and Rick Haddad of Natick, Mass.