Memorial Day in Boston focuses on veterans, freedom, sacrifice

One of the more moving tributes in Boston during the Memorial Day holiday was the planting of 37,000 American flags honoring those who died.

boston memorial day boston common flags People walk among the nearly 37,000 American flags planted on the Boston Common to honor Bay State residents who gave his or her life defending the country.
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Boston and the rest of the state and country took part in various Memorial Day celebrations and events over the holiday weekend to mark the sacrifice made by those who gave up their lives for freedom.

 

On Monday evening there will be a free Memorial Day honor and tribute concert at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston. TheBoston Metropolitan Wind Symphony and sung by the Boston Children’s Chorus will perform during the musical tribute that begins at 7:30 p.m.

 

In the Boston Common, more than 37,000 American flags were planted to honor every Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending the county since the Revolutionary War, according to the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund.

 

Hundreds of volunteers supporting the fund planted the flags last week and held a celebration during which Gov. Deval Patrick spoke.

"We owe all of our past and present service members and their families our heartfelt thanks and support, and the memories of our fallen military personnel will never be forgotten," Patrick said during Thursday's ceremony.

More than 372,000 veterans currently live in Massachusetts including 42,000 men and women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since September 11, according to the state.

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