HYANNIS, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Across the Cape Cod Mall in Hyannis on Sunday, residents gathered for what's being called one of the largest Memorial Day observations in all of New England.
The annual event, "Troops in the Spotlight," is held by Cape Cod Cares for the Troops and aims to remember the fallen and raise funds to create care packages for active United States troops. According to the non-profit's website, officials have been sending care packages to U.S. personnel abroad in Iraq, Afghanistan, and others across the globe.
"The sun never sets on the U.S. military, they are serving at all points of the globe, continuing to hold the line against those who want to take our freedoms away," said Gulf War-era marine veteran and Massachusetts State Representative Tim Whalen.
The event hosted plaques in honor of fallen military members, fire trucks, food, raffles, and merchandise for sale. A folding of the flag ceremony honored the 14 Cape Cod service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Officials say all profits from the event's activities are going towards troop care packages.
WBZ's Tim Dunn (@ConsiderMeDunn) reports.