My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

37,000 Flags for Memorial Day in Boston

Fortunately, I heard about the flags on the evening news and knew I had to make a trip to Boston to see them first hand. The Boston Common is huge, and after walking quite a bit, I finally asked several people if they had seen the flags, they hadn't. Soon, I did, and what a sight. A moving sight, and I hope you get an idea from the pictures below. 
Memorial Day isn't just another holiday.

This garden of 37,000 flags was planted in memory of every fallen Massachusetts service member from the Revolutionary War to the present. These flags will be on display through Memorial Day weekend for your observance and reflection. Please remember and honor the ultimate sacrifices of our local heroes.

For more information about the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, please visit

Each flag represents a fallen service member; please respect the display.


Nancy said...

Wow! What a sight, Barbara. It's hard to imagine what it would feel like to walk in the presence of so many flags. Thanks for sharing the photos.

Barbara Poole said...

Nancy, I'm glad you thought to scroll below the first photo, because I hadn't mentioned more photos. I've since added some information. I will never forget this site, nor the 37,000 who lost their lives. Thank you for the comment.

Susi's Quarter said...

Totally awesome, thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Handler said...

Barbara, I had read about this, but knew I wouldn't get into the city to see it. Thank you for sharing this wonderful group of photos!

Barbara Poole said...

Susi's Quarter and Elizabeth. Thank you for taking the time to comment. Elizabeth, I planned on going to NEHGS after the Common, but since I walked from North Station, I was way too tired, but seeing these flags made it worth it. I'm sure they will do it again next year.