Talk about a sight for sore eyes! As the son of a military man, I'm happy to say that, after a certain pandemic canceled the event last year, the Memorial Day Flag Garden is returning to Boston Common this week, just in time for Memorial Day. Dad would be proud.

The Memorial Day Flag Garden, an event that dates back more than a decade and features more than 37,000 American Flags, was temporarily sidelined last year. Apparently, COVID-19 has no respect for Old Glory.

WHDH/7 News Boston reports that as Massachusetts slowly returns to normal(as normal as things can get), the Flag Garden is coming back. The Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund(MMHF) said the flag garden will be on display at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument of Boston Common beginning Thursday through Memorial Day.

And in case you were wondering if the more than 37,000 flags are just a random number, then you should know that each flag planted in the garden represents a Massachusetts service member who has given their life defending our country since the Revolutionary War.

The MMHF has organized the plantings in the week leading up to Memorial Day every year since 2010. Last year, because of the pandemic, it was limited to approximately 1,000 flags spaced six feet apart to allow for social distancing.

For Memorial Day 2021, the MMHF is partnering with staff and volunteers from Home Base, which is part of the Red Sox Foundation, as well as the Massachusetts General Hospital Program to plant the flags.

For more information about the Memorial Day Flag Garden, please visit and for more on the story, you can visit WHDH's website here.

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