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Press Release Massachusetts To Recognize Memorial Day with Series of Virtual Events

The Baker-Polito Administration will recognize Memorial Day this year in a virtual format, enabling the Commonwealth to continue to honor members of the military who have sacrificed for our country.
For immediate release:
5/21/2020
  • Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Media Contact for Massachusetts To Recognize Memorial Day with Series of Virtual Events

Brooke Karanovich, Media Relations Manager

BostonThe Baker-Polito Administration will recognize Memorial Day this year in a virtual format, enabling the Commonwealth to continue to honor members of the military who have sacrificed for our country.

The series of events will kick off with virtual observances at the Soldiers’ Homes in Chelsea and Holyoke on Thursday, May 21 and Friday, May 22 respectively, followed by a coordinated statewide lighting of buildings, bridges, flags and parks on Sunday, May 24, and concluding with a Memorial Day program that will air on Monday, May 25.

“We are deeply grateful to all service members past and present who bravely served our country, and as we mark Memorial Day, we pay special tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in their service to protect us and ensure our freedom,” said Governor Charlie Baker.  “During this difficult time, it is important that we honor and remember them, and share our gratitude and deep respect for their courage.”

“This year we will honor the lives of the brave men and women who died while serving the country in a different, but equally special way,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These virtual remembrances ensure we pay tribute to the Commonwealth’s military community and our veterans, and we encourage all residents to participate as we honor their service and sacrifice.”

“Memorial Day is sacred for our fellow service members, veterans and families - in particular, Gold Star Families - as we collectively remember those we’ve lost. Freedom is not free, and the eternal valor of our fallen brothers and sisters allows us to live in peace,” said Veterans’ Services Secretary Francisco Ureña.

Overview of Memorial Day virtual events:

  • Thursday, May 21 – Chelsea Soldiers’ Home virtual observance will be streamed on the Home’s Facebook page at 5pm Thursday. The program will be available on their Facebook page on demand following the stream. https://www.facebook.com/ChelseaSoldiersHome/
  • Friday, May 22 – Holyoke Soldiers’ Home virtual observance will be streamed on the Home’s Facebook page at 5pm Friday. The program will be available on their Facebook page on demand following the stream. https://www.facebook.com/watch/HolyokeSoldiersHome/ 
  • Sunday, May 24 – Buildings, bridges, flags and parks to be illuminated in gold to honor Gold Star Families on the evening of Sunday, May 24 in observance of Memorial Day. The Department of Veterans’ Services has partnered with MassDOT, building managers and Veteran Service Organizations across the state to invite communities to light up prominent structures on the eve of Memorial Day. Locations listed below.
  • Monday, May 25 – Memorial Day Ceremony, with speakers and musical performers from across the Commonwealth, remarks by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, Legislative leaders, and a special “Tribute to the Fallen” by the Massachusetts National Guard. This program will stream on mass.gov/MemorialDay and on participating TV stations and digital channels on Monday, May 25.

Visit mass.gov/MemorialDay and follow #MemorialDayMA on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information on this year’s virtual programs.

Buildings, bridges, flags, and parks to be illuminated Sunday Night, May 24:

  • Agawam - Military Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Agawam
  • Arlington Town Hall
  • Beverly Department of Public Works Building
  • Boston:
    • Boston City Hall
    • Government Center, Boston
    • Prudential Tower, Boston
    • Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, Boston
  • Cambridge City Hall
  • Chelsea:
    • Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea
    • Locations throughout the community
  • Dracut Revolutionary Monument
  • Easton Veterans Memorial Park
  • Essex Town Hall
  • Fall River Government Center Building
  • Georgetown Town Hall
  • Holyoke - Soldiers’ Home in Holyoke
  • Ipswich Town Hall
  • Kingston Town Hall
  • Lawrence Canal Street Bridge
  • Leominster Veterans Memorial Center
  • Ludlow Town Hall
  • Marshfield Veterans Memorial Park
  • Medford City Hall
  • Melrose Memorial Hall
  • New Bedford:
    • New Bedford City Hall
    • Elm Street Garage
  • Newbury Town Hall
  • Norton Town Hall
  • Palmer Town Hall
  • Pittsfield City Hall
  • Rowley Town Hall
  • Saugus Town Hall
  • Scituate Town Common
  • Sharon Fire Department
  • Stoneham Town Common
  • Swansea Town Hall
  • Watertown Flag Pole
  • Wenham Town Hall
  • West Newbury Town Hall
  • Westfield Town Green
  • Westford Town Hall
  • Winchendon - Military Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery in Winchendon
  • Woburn City Hall
  • Worcester - Kenneth F. Burns Memorial Bridge

This list is current as of 9am Thursday – additional communities will be listed on mass.gov/MemorialDay.

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Media Contact for Massachusetts To Recognize Memorial Day with Series of Virtual Events

Executive Office of Health and Human Services 

The Executive Office of Health and Human Services is the largest secretariat in state government and is comprised of 12 agencies, in addition to 2 soldiers’ homes and the MassHealth program. Our efforts are focused on the health, resilience, and independence of the one in four residents of the Commonwealth we serve. Our public health programs touch every community in the Commonwealth.
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