Field of Flags on Boston Common

A total of 37,268 American flags were placed on the Boston Common last week to honor those from Massachusetts who have died in wars dating back to the Revolution. That number included 296 military heroes that have died in duty since 9/11. In particular, those war dead were honored at a special ceremony on site last Thursday, May 24. Their names were read, and flags were planted for them by Gold Star families, elected officials and members of the military. Master Sargent Roy Aylward plants a flag as the names of fallen soldiers are read.