We are writing with a special request to enlist your support during our signature community building event – creating a garden of flags on Boston Common for Memorial Day weekend. This year we will be planting 37,000 flags. Each of the 37,000 flags we plant at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument will represent 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.
We literally need all the hands we can get to create this display, and, to stand watch over them throughout Memorial Day weekend. Please consider volunteering your time to this special effort in one of these ways:
• Help us plant flags on Wednesday, May 20th beginning at 1pm. Volunteers will be welcomed for however long their schedules permit assisting us. - UPDATE - at this time, pre-registration for this portion of the project is closed.
• Attend our name reading ceremony on Thursday, May 21st at 10:30am. During this ceremony, families of Massachusetts service members who have died as a result of active duty service post 9/11/2001 will read the names of their loved ones in front of the flag display in Boston Common. By standing with us during this ceremony, you will let these families know that their loved ones’ ultimate sacrifice is honored and will never be forgotten.
• Sign up for a shift to watch the flags over the weekend. Shifts are in 2 hour increments and will occur from Thursday, 5/21 at 11:00am until Monday, 5/25 at 6pm. Volunteers watching the flags will be assigned in teams and will also be trained on how to educate the community about the display and about the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
• Help us take the flags down beginning at 6pm, May 25th. Fortunately, this is a much easier effort than planting the flags!
To sign up for a volunteer effort, please use this link:
http://goo.gl/forms/K7Uf3myA1W. We will respond to you as soon as we can with a confirmation of your assignment and with some additional details to make your volunteer efforts comfortable.
If your schedule does not permit volunteering, you can always show your support for families of the fallen by making a donation to the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Donations are tax deductible and will be used to assist families today grieving the loss of their Massachusetts loved ones who died in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. More information about our programs and services can be found on our web site.
On behalf of the families we serve, thank you for continuing to stay connected with our organization. We are deeply appreciative of our community partners and we are aware that we simply could not do our important work without your support.
Diane Nealon, Executive Director
Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund
727 Atlantic Avenue, 3rd Fl., Boston, MA 02111
Soldiers and Sailors Monument, Boston Common
Beacon & Charles Street, Boston, MA