The City is establishing a monument honoring and recognizing Greater New Bedford residents for their military service during the Global War on Terrorism (GWOT).

Mayor Jon Mitchell assembled an advisory committee to oversee the monument at a 9/11 memorial service in 2021. The advisory committee, made up of members from the Veterans Advisory Board, local artists, and members of various city departments, has recommended the West Beach jetty as the location for the memorial as part of its initial planning work.

Martha Schwartz Partners (MSP) has been selected to provide design and construction management services for the project. MSP is an award winning international design practice specializing in landscape architecture, urban design, and site-specific climate considerations. MSP has offices in London, New York, and Shanghai, and the firm is known for its innovative landscape design approaches to public spaces, including the Navy Pier in Chicago and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The City hosted a public meeting where residents joined the Advisory Committee and MSP to review preliminary design concepts for the memorial and shared their input for this important commemoration to ensure it is rooted as a community inspired vision. You can review the MEETING PRESENTATION here.

Any questions or requests for further information can be directed to Anne Louro, Deputy Director of City Planning at:

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), if any accommodations are needed, please contact Anne Louro at 508-979-1488 or ( or MassRelay 711. Requests should be made as soon as possible but at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting.