Boston Common Honors Veterans with Field of Flags

Two women sat among the 37,000 America flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common.
Two women sat among the 37,000 America flags displayed by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund on the Boston Common. –REUTERS

If you visit the Boston Common at any time during this Memorial Day holiday weekend, you’ll be greeted by a veritable red, white and blue sea of American flags to honor the country’s veterans.

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund planted 37,000 flags last week for its annual Flag Garden located next to the Soldiers and Sailors Monument. “Each flag represents a brave Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending our country since the Revolutionary War,’’ according to the Heroes Fund’s web site.

Two girls saluted on Sunday. —REUTERS

The May 21 planting was followed the next day by a ceremony where names of the state’s soldiers who have been killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2011 were read aloud, The Boston Globe reported.

The flags, which were planted by around 500 hundred volunteers, will remain in place until 6 p.m. Monday.

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