Memorial Day: Gov. Baker Honors Service Members With Video, Legislation

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker is commemorating Memorial Day with a digital tribute and legislation aimed at honoring the state's veterans.

The Baker-Polito Administration released a video on Monday featuring the Governor's remarks at the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund's Flag Garden on Boston Common.

"It's the sacrifices and the generosity of spirit, and the courage, of those who serve – and their families – who make it possible for our democracy to continue to operate on behalf of the people that we all serve," Baker said.

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He added that the over 37,000 flags placed on the Common to represent fallen service members from Massachusetts represent a "debt [that can never be repaid]."

The ceremony came as Baker again filed legislation to honor veterans the state has lost to service-related illnesses, like PTSD.

The bill would establish the Massachusetts Medal of Fidelity --- which would be presented by the Massachusetts National Guard to the families of veterans who lost their lives to service-related illnesses, injuries, and even exposure to harmful toxics and chemicals.

You can find out more information about the Baker Administration's 2021 Memorial Day ceremony on the state's website.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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