Home Base

Sights and sounds from 2024 Memorial Day Flag Garden

On May 22, 2024, Home Base along with more than 600 volunteers came together to create the iconic garden of flags on Boston Common. The following day, Thursday, May 23, Home Base Executive Director Brigadier General (Retired) Jack Hammond, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, and other leaders from Massachusetts, attended the Name Reading Ceremony, where the names of all Fallen Heroes from Massachusetts since 9/11 were read aloud while a flag representing each of them was planted. New this year, members of Gold Star Wives of Greater Boston were invited to read the names of their fallen loved ones from earlier generations, and to place a gold wreath in their memory at the Flag Garden.

Each of the 37,000+ flags planted at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument represents every brave Massachusetts Service Member who gave their lives defending our Nation since the Revolutionary War. The completed garden is a breathtaking tribute to the true meaning of Memorial Day and a powerful message of community support to the Families of these Fallen Heroes that their sacrifices will never be forgotten.

More photos from both days can be found here. We encourage you to read through the media coverage of the event below as well as General Hammond’s Memorial Day letter to Home Base Nation.

The Memorial Day Flag Garden was covered by a variety of local media outlets: