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Photos: 37,000 Flags Honor Fallen Mass. Veterans

A soldier walks down a path looking at the 37,000 flags planted in the Boston common by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A soldier walks down a path looking at the 37,000 flags planted in the Boston common by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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A sea of red, white and blue was seen across the green Boston Common on Thursday.

There, volunteers had planted some 37,000 flags to commemorate all of the Massachusetts war dead since the Revolutionary War.

A ceremony was held Thursday to recognize all 219 Massachusetts military members who served and died since the 9/11 attacks.

A soldier walks down a path Thursday looking at the 37,000 flags planted in the Boston Common by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A soldier walks down a path Thursday looking at the 37,000 flags planted in the Boston Common by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
UNSLCC cadet Sean Donahue of Tewksbury waits for the ceremony to begin Thursday. He came to remember his uncle Freddy Maguire who served in the National Guard and died in Iraq. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
UNSLCC cadet Sean Donahue of Tewksbury waits for the ceremony to begin Thursday. He came to remember his uncle Freddy Maguire who served in the National Guard and died in Iraq. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The lapel of Carlos Arredondo remembers his son, Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Najaf, Iraq, during his second tour of duty on Aug. 25, 2004. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
The lapel of Carlos Arredondo remembers his son, Lance Cpl. Alexander Arredondo, who was killed in Najaf, Iraq, during his second tour of duty on Aug. 25, 2004. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Sharon Maguire wipes away tears during Governor Baker’s remarks. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Sharon Maguire wipes away tears during Governor Baker’s remarks. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says a few words during the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says a few words during the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Volunteers hand out flags to be planted in honor of the fallen heroes named during the ceremony. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Volunteers hand out flags to be planted in honor of the fallen heroes named during the ceremony. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Erica Zeiger, director of the Massachusetts Legacy Fund, awaits her turn to plant flags. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Erica Zeiger, director of the Massachusetts Legacy Fund, awaits her turn to plant flags. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Jeffery McDermott kisses the flag he intends to plant for his son Spc. Ryan McDermott. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Jeffery McDermott kisses the flag he intends to plant for his son Spc. Ryan McDermott. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A bugler plays Taps to close the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
A bugler plays Taps to close the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund ceremony at the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Volunteer Shannon Day plants fallen flags at the foot of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Volunteer Shannon Day plants fallen flags at the foot of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the Boston Common. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)
(Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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Jesse Costa is the multimedia producer for WBUR.

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