BOSTON (WWLP) – Governor Charlie Baker and hundreds of families gathered on the Boston Common Thursday to honor the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Also, to stand with those families as we remember the lives lost this Memorial Day weekend.
“We at the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund hope that this is a site of reflection knowing that we have not, nor will we ever forget their loss and the sacrifices that their hero made for all of us,” said Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund President Stephen Kerrigan.
More than 450 volunteers planted 37,000 American flags on the Boston Common to represent Massachusetts service members who died in the line of duty since the Revolutionary War.
Governor Charlie Baker said he visits the Boston Common every year for Memorial Day. “The families and the friends of those who make up these flags will never forget their friend or family member, and the loss and the pain that was associated with that sacrifice,” said Baker.
Top state leaders joined several family members to read the names of 230 military heroes who died supporting the wars in the Middle East. The final flags were planted firmly into the ground.
“May God bless each and every one of you, our Gold Star Families, and may we remember that freedom is never free. Thank you,” said Massachusetts Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Francisco Urena.
The flags will remain in place until Monday night at sunset.
Governor Charlie Baker plans to make stops in western Massachusetts on Memorial Day. He’ll visit the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam and the Holyoke Soldiers Home.