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33,000 flags planted in Boston for Memorial Day

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People walk through a portion of the Boston Common covered with American flags, in Boston, May 23.

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Buttons featuring the likeness of fallen U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Alexander S. Arredondo and his brother Brian Luis Arredondo, who took his own life following the death of Alexander, are attached to an American flag in front of thousands of flags planted in the Boston Common, in Boston, May 23. Relatives and volunteers planted the 33,000 flags in the historic park in advance of the Memorial Day weekend, in tribute to Massachusetts soldiers killed in conflicts as far back as the Civil War. Alexander was killed in 2004 in Iraq.

Over 200 volunteers spent Wednesday planting flags for Memorial Day on the grounds of Boston Common in downtown Boston in honor of those who served and died for our country.  The 33,000 flags represent all of the fallen soldiers from Massachusetts who have died since the civil war.

Today, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will honor veterans at an event at Soldiers and Sailors Monument, where all the names of the state’s soldiers who have been killed in Iraq and Afghanistan will be read.  The city will also hold services and parades over the holiday weekend.

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