7 years ago Massachusetts State Trooper Christopher Dolan created a replica of Fenway Park right in his own backyard.
"We built the field back in '08 started doing tournaments in '09," explained Dolan.
Since then, every summer the Dolan Family has held the 9/11 Memorial Wiffle Ball Tournament.
This is the second tournament to be held this summer. The first honored the lives of fallen police officers. Thursday night remembered those who lost their lives while fighting for the country.
“It’s been my heart to honor fallen police officers, but to honor fallen military as well," said Dolan.
This year the event noted the life of Marine Cpl. Paul Fagundes.
The 29-year-old died back in 2010 while trying to rescue two other Marines who were caught in a riptide off the coast of Guantanamo Bay.
Fagundes’ wife Cindy and their two children, Cazzian and Anya attended Thursday’s opening ceremonies. His son threw out the first pitch.
“He was incredible. He was always willing to give, pay it forward help other people. He was just a kind soul,” said Cindy Fagundes.
"He would think this is amazing. I haven't cried in 5 years and today I cried. But it's a very proud moment, something that the kids can take with them since they didn't have a chance to meet him," she continued.
Fagundes also has created her own foundation in memory of her late husband.
"It's called Guardian Relief Fund and basically what we do is help any families that have lost a parent of children, we do scholarships in the community. It's gone incredibly well over the past 5 years," explained Fagundes.
Fenway Westfield’s tournament runs all weekend long and it open to the public. A championship game will be held on Sunday.
Dolan credits the help from the local community to be able to put on the event year after year.
"It's just amazing how the community comes together, to put something like this together and make it a success and again to honor the family and honor hour soldiers," said Dolan.
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