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More than 37,000 American flags returning to Boston this week for Memorial Day

Memorial Day Flag Garden (Alex Tao Wang/Flickr)

The Memorial Day Flag Garden, featuring more than 37,000 American flags, is returning to Boston Common this week, after COVID-19 canceled the event last year that dates back more than a decade.

The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund said the flag garden will be on display at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument of Boston Common beginning Thursday through Memorial Day.

More than 37,000 American flags will be planted by the monument. Each flag represents a service member who gave his or her life defending the country since the Revolutionary War.

This year, the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund is partnering with staff and volunteers from Home Base, which is part of the Red Sox Foundation, and Massachusetts General Hospital Program to plant the flags.

All visitors to the Flag Garden are asked to review current city and state COVID-19 safety regulations prior to their visit.

The event, which began in 2010 was canceled last year due to COVID. Instead of flags appearing at Boston Common, the organization asked residents to hang flags from their homes.

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