BOSTON (WHDH) - Memorial Day preparations were underway in Boston Wednesday as hundreds gathered at the Boston Common to help assemble this year’s annual Memorial Day Flag Garden. 

Each year, volunteers plant over 37,000 flags around the Soldiers and Sailors Monument at the Common, with each flag representing a Massachusetts service member who died defending the U.S.

As this year’s flags went up, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu spoke about the significance of the tribute. 

“This is a reminder of all the sacrifice and service that has gone into our freedom, our country and the ability for us to continue building on the legacies that have been left for us,” she said. 

The Flag Garden dates back to 2010. Back for another year, the 2023 garden will be on display from Thursday through Memorial Day.

Outside Boston, volunteers were also busy in Worcester on Wednesday, spending part of the day placing more than 5,000 flags on the graves of veterans at Saint John’s Cemetery ahead of Memorial Day.

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