Details on Massachusetts Fallen Heroes 'Patriot Week'

May 3, 2016

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I'm honored to call many of the people involved with Mass. fallen Heroes friends, and I stand behind their mission and fundraising efforts. They work tirelessly, to honor our Gold Star Families, and to pay tribute to our fallen. Please support their many events, and attend the memorial dedication if you can. 

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was established in 2010 by Boston firefighters, local Veterans, Gold Star Families, Police Officers, and other patriotic citizens. We ourselves are Combat Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan and we are committed to memorializing our fellow service members who did not return home to their families. Our work began with a goal to construct a public memorial to honor all Massachusetts Fallen Heroes since September 11, 2001. The memorial will include an outside park and an indoor interactive media display honoring the lives of our Fallen. The work we do to Honor the Fallen was our beginning and we have since evolved from a charity, strictly geared towards building a tribute honoring Fallen Heroes, into a multifaceted organization. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has developed a Veterans’ Edge program and now also act as a liaison in acquiring educational, employment, medical, legal, financial and numerous additional services to local military veterans, their families and families of the fallen.Veterans’ Edge ensures that all heroes returning home receive the support and services they have earned and deserve. Our outreach efforts, programs and events have united the Massachusetts Gold Star and Veteran communities in a unique bond of shared loss and healing.

6 years after they formed, they are ready to dedicate this amazing memorial, Memorial Day weekend, which is slated to be part of Patriot Week.

The calendar of events is as follows:

Events

 

Friday-Wednesday
May 20 - 25, 2016

Statewide Educational Launch

Various schools in Massachusetts will partake in a statewide educational program in which teachers, headmasters, principals, etc. will teach their students about Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will provide the resources and literature for educators to create individualized lesson plans with the goal of increasing awareness among our youth. A mobile interactive memorial will tie into the educational promotion in which students will learn about specific Fallen Heroes in our Commonwealth and about the ultimate sacrifices that they’ve made to protect our freedom.

 
 
 

Saturday
May 21, 2016

Armed Forces Day

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will celebrate and cross-promote Armed Forces Day throughout the Commonwealth utilizing student involvement in all 351 communities.

 

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes 5K Run & Ruck

Carson Beach, South Boston

A 5K road race along Carson Beach in South Boston to kick off Patriot Week. This inaugural road race is very flat, fast and family friendly. All are welcome to honor those who have served our country.

 
 
 

Tuesday
May 24, 2016

Mass Fallen Heroes First Fashion Show featuring Lindsay Tia

Coppersmith Bar, South Boston

Lindsay Tia has joined forces with Massachusetts Fallen Heroes to support Fallen Heroes, Veterans and their families with her new “Bravery Brand.” Come celebrate the bravery in all of us! Enjoy cocktails, food, a fashion show, festivities and fun!

 
 
 

Friday
May 27, 2016

Dedication of the Memorial

85 Northern Avenue, Boston

We will dedicate the much-anticipated permanent memorial created for the sons and daughters of the Commonwealth who gave their lives since September 11, 2001 in service to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism.

 
 
 

Saturday
May 28, 2016

Fenway for the Fallen

Fenway Park

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will conduct its annual Softball Classic at historic Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox. Gold Star Family Members and Veterans will take the field for 9 innings while fans and supporters cheer them on.

 

Patriot Fest Concert

Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

Following Fenway for the Fallen, there will be a concert at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion featuring a mixture of celebrity bands and local entertainers.

 
 
 

Sunday
May 29, 2016

Post-Race Celebration

The Provincetown II

Let’s celebrate with the runners of the Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Run to Remember team on a cruise around Boston Harbor. The half marathon and 5-mile run will begin at 7:00 AM. There will be a post-race celebration from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM on the Provincetown II at 200 Seaport Boulevard, Boston. Make sure to look for the Memorial while touring the beautiful coast of Boston.

 
 
 

Monday
May 30, 2016

Memorial Day

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes will participate in media conferences throughout the day to build awareness around Memorial Day. United States Air Force F-16s will conduct a statewide flyover following the National Moment of Remembrance. The National Moment of Remembrance asks Americans to pause in an act of national unity for the duration of one minute beginning at 3:00 PM on Memorial Day.