From the Boston Commons to Fenway Park, the city of Boston showed up this year with multiple ways of honoring the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Military.
Typically on Memorial Day, 37,000 flags would have been planted in the Boston Commons by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. However, the group decided to rethink the tradition due to the coronavirus pandemic. Placed 6 feet apart, 1,000 “socially distant” flags were planted last night by a small group of volunteers in honor of Memorial Day.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker attended this morning’s wreath-laying services. Afterward he tweeted “Each year, the Military Heroes Fund Heroes Flag Garden is a powerful tribute to the men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country, and to their families. While the dedication looked much different this year, the commitment to honoring and remembering remains.”
In a different part of the city, a giant American flag was hung from the iconic Green Monster in Fenway Park. Today, the Red Sox would have had a home game against the Kansas City Royals. While the stadium was empty, that didn’t’ stop a retired U.S. Marine Corps and National Guard member from playing a song on the bugle in honor of military personnel.
While holidays may look different these days, one thing remains the same: Boston will always be grateful for the men and women who died while serving our country.