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Explore Three Ways to Honor the Fallen in Boston this Memorial Day Weekend

Person: Sgt. 1st Class Steven Eaton (Massachusetts National Guard) - Public Domain / Wikimedia Commons

As Memorial Day approaches, Bostonians come together to pay tribute to the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. From solemn ceremonies to vibrant displays, the city offers meaningful ways to honor the fallen. Join us as we explore three heartfelt ways to commemorate Memorial Day weekend in Boston.

1. Memorial Day Flag Garden at Boston Common

For the past 14 years, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund and its dedicated volunteers have transformed Boston Common into a moving tribute. Each Memorial Day weekend, they create a breathtaking garden of flags near the Soldiers and Sailors monument. More than 37,000 flags are meticulously placed—one for every service member from Massachusetts who has fallen in the line of duty, spanning from the Revolutionary War to the present day. The display, adorned in red, white, and blue, is a powerful reminder of sacrifice and patriotism.

2. U.S.S. Constitution Memorial Day Events

The historic U.S.S. Constitution, affectionately known as “Old Ironsides,” hosts special Memorial Day-focused events throughout the second half of May. Visitors are invited to participate by making paper poppies—a symbol of remembrance—to honor military members past and present. These poppies play a significant role in a moving ceremony held aboard the ship on Monday morning. Crew members pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The service is open to the public and begins promptly at 11:20 a.m. If you’re unable to attend at that time, the museum offers free admission to service members, veterans, and their families throughout the entire month of May.

3. Seaport Fireworks Show

Boston Seaport collaborates with Massachusetts Fallen Heroes to host a Friday night fireworks extravaganza in honor of veterans, soldiers killed in action, and Gold Star families. Just like the flag garden on Boston Common, Seaport Common boasts its own display of flags, which will be visible all weekend. The fireworks spectacle begins at 9 p.m., and the best vantage points are along the Harborwalk—specifically at Fan Pier and Pier 4. Join fellow Bostonians in celebrating the lives and sacrifices of our heroes against the backdrop of colorful explosions lighting up the night sky.


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