PHOTOS: Patriots Players, Volunteers Plant 37,297 Flags On Boston Common

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A garden of 37,297 flags is on display on Boston Common, with one flag for each of the Massachusetts military men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice dating back to the Revolutionary War.

Tom Crohan, President of the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, told WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small that the annual Memorial Day project takes hundreds of volunteers.

"Each person brings their own story to why this is important for them, but it creates meaning for all of us to see them here, doing the job behind me," Crohan said.

New England Patriots players Ryan Izzo, Joe Cardona, and Adam Butler were among the hundreds of volunteers.

"I'm enjoying it, Adam's doing a good job laying down the foundation, I'm just hammering it in," Izzo said.

Cardona said the project was important to him, as he's a Naval reservist.

"It's really a time to think about those who paid the ultimate sacrifice, the true heroes," he said.

Rebecca from Boston said she has her own special reasons for volunteering.

"I have fallen members from the military in my family, so I thought it was important to represent," she said.

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WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small (@ShariSmallNews) reports

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