1,000 Words: Flag day for dead soldiers

One characteristic about the original colonies: They have a lot of dead soldiers to remember on Memorial Day.

Massachusetts, where the first shot was fired in a war that would create the United States has had 37,268 of its citizens die in war, stretching back to the Revolution.

So, on Boston Common, volunteers placed 37,268 flags in the ground.

Organizers had hoped people would contribute $1 to sponsor a flag — the money going to a fund to help families of military members killed in war. But at last check, they’ve raised only half the amount they had intended to.

Related: How many Americans have died in U.S. wars? (PBS Newshour)

  • kevins

    I’ll send a buck!

  • KariBemidji

    One of the most meaningful war memorials I have ever seen was in Boston, while walking the Freedom Trail with my family. In the garden behind the Old North Church, a dog tag hangs for every American killed in the Iraq/Afghanistan war. You stand in silence and listen to gentle tinkle of the tags in the wind.

    Memory and keeping those memories fresh is hard work. It seems to be easier to put on a flag t-shirt and force people to stand. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9dfd5efcf6404f83d522871cea7e1c24440a48f66bb1b094ee30362de1c16044.jpg

  • lindblomeagles

    The best memorials to American soldiers I’ve seen are the ones in Washington D.C. (no offense Boston), specifically Arlington Cemetery, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the Vietnam War Memorial, the World War II Memorial, and, what I consider the best of all of them, the Korean War Memorial. YOU HAVE TO SEE KOREA AT NIGHT! It’s very powerful. Vietnam is actually better during the day, when you can actually see all the names of the people who died in the conflict. Moving. On a sadder note, NFL fans bemoaned player kneel downs during the National Anthem, saying it disrespected the Flag, the Nation, and all who fought for this great country. Kind of hypocritical that those same NFL fans didn’t contribute to the cause mentioned above, particularly the owners of the NFL who just passed a “Respect the Anthem” policy two days ago.