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Boston Remembers State's Fallen Veterans On The Common

Mark Brings, of Marblehead, stands in a sea of red, white and blue on the Boston Common on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Mark Brings, of Marblehead, stands in a sea of red, white and blue on the Boston Common on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
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Some 37,000 small American flags have been planted on the Boston Common — one for each Massachusetts citizen killed in battle since the Revolutionary War.

A somber ceremony Thursday honored the 230 military personnel from the state who have been killed in action since 9/11.

At the service, Gov. Charlie Baker said the families and friends of the fallen will never forget them.

"There is some comfort in knowing that there is an army of Massachusetts citizens that are standing behind them who remember, appreciate and honor the service and the sacrifice that was made by their family member," Baker said.

The flag garden will remain in place until sunset on Monday.

Carlos Arredondo plants flags for the Massachusetts Heroes Fund flag garden on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Carlos Arredondo plants flags for the Massachusetts Heroes Fund flag garden on Wednesday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Victoria Hay and Scott Zerneri, volunteers from BNY Mellon, spend a couple of hours planting flags ahead of Thursday's ceremony. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Victoria Hay and Scott Zerneri, volunteers from BNY Mellon, spend a couple of hours planting flags ahead of Thursday's ceremony. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

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Steve Brown is a veteran broadcast journalist who serves as WBUR's senior State House reporter.

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