Our signature community building event! Since 2010, we and hundreds of volunteers create a majestic garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day weekend. Each of the 37,000+ flags we planted at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument represents every brave Massachusetts service member who gave his or her life defending our country since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of community support to the families of these fallen heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.
Special Update May 8, 2020
For the past ten years, Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund has asked members of the Commonwealth to join us in remembering our fallen heroes by creating the Boston Common Flag Garden and by reading the roll call of the fallen at a special ceremony in front of that flag garden. After much discussion and reflection on public health guidance for gatherings at this time, we have decided to cancel the large volunteer flag garden project, as we believe that is the safest course of action right now. Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is committed to facilitating some type of public tribute to the fallen in Boston for Memorial Day, and we are still working out those details.
We will also host our “Remembering & Honoring Massachusetts Military Heroes” roll call of the fallen ceremony online. This ceremony will still take place on Thursday, May 21st at 10:30am. The ceremony will be private to MMHF families only, and will feature remarks from dignitaries, a poetry reading and the reading of names of the Commonwealth’s post 9/11 fallen.
This year, we ask members of the Commonwealth to help us replicate our Boston Common tribute in cities and towns across our state. Supporters can participate in a “Virtual Flag Garden” by printing this flag graphic and placing it in windows over Memorial Day weekend, along with any available flags on front lawns.
We would be honored if you could post selfies and videos showing this support. Just please tag our social media accounts or send us your post so we can share. Our accounts are linked here – Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Please use the hashtag #HeroesFlagGarden.
Several supporters have inquired about how to financially support the work of Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. As always, we are moved by these inquiries, and even more so this year as we know the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted all of our budgets and priorities. Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is still caring for bereaved military families financially – particularly those who are struggling due to employment changes, increased grocery bills and many other unforeseen expenses arising from COVID-19. If you are fortunate enough to have discretionary spending and would like to support local, post 9/11 bereaved families, you can do by sponsoring a Memorial Day Flag. If you are working with a bereaved military family in need, please direct them to our organization so we can help. If you simply want to show your support for the military community this Memorial Day, then help us help us reach our goal of displaying at least 37,309 flags in windows and yards across the Commonwealth, honoring every fallen service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. Together, we can send a powerful message of support to bereaved military families that even in difficult times, we remember and honor our fallen heroes.
Our sincerest wishes for every measure of health and safety go out to each and every one of you.
Diane Nealon, Executive Director
Thank you to everyone at Melwood Global and Last Minute Productions for supporting this year’s Memorial Day program, and a note of special appreciation to John Hancock for their key sponsorship and support.