33,000 Flags On Boston Common Honor State’s Fallen Heroes

BOSTON (CBS) – An American flag for every fallen hero in the state of Massachusetts – 33,000 since the Civil War – now sits on Boston Common.

The display for Memorial Day weekend was the highlight of a ceremony Thursday morning to honor the 170 military members from Massachusetts killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

Army Spec. Stephen Fortunato of Beverly was one of them. He died in 2008.

“He went in as a boy and came out as a man. The Army completely changed him. He died doing what he wanted to do.” his widow Sherri told WBZ-TV.

The event is sponsored by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. Their volunteers planted the flags and will guard them throughout the weekend.

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    […] I hope you were able to rest and reflect on your Memorial Day – it was certainly a great day to be out and about town and taking in the sights. Whether it was the memorial for the marathon going strong on Copley or the remarkable display of 33,000 flags that were positioned on the Common in tribute to those once from Massachusetts who have given their life for the country. […]

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    […] (CBS) – A Memorial Day tradition has transformed Boston Common once again for the holiday […]

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