Massachusetts Governor’s Memorial Day Video Tribute

BOSTON, MA (STL.News) The Baker-Polito Administration today recognized Memorial Day with a virtual tribute honoring our fallen military heroes and their families.  The video released today highlights Governor Charlie Baker’s remarks at the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund’s Flag Garden on Boston Common, and a recent visit by Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito to the Massachusetts State Veterans’ Cemetery in Agawam.

The video is available at

Governor Baker’s Remarks:

“Now most of the recipients of that very special class [Medal of Honor recipients] don’t usually make it back.

“And there are plenty of examples of that represented by many of the flags that are behind us today.

“And as one of these people who’s had a chance to spend a big part of my professional career serving in public office at the local and state level, I am acutely aware that 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.

“The debt that’s paid by the flags here and the folks they represent can never be repaid.

“But the one thing I have heard time and time again from Gold Star Families in my conversations with them over the years, is ‘Through the tragedy, I hope you never forget, and you always take time to honor and remember, those who have made possible through their sacrifices, all that we hold dear here in Massachusetts and across the country.’”

In honor of Memorial Day, Governor Baker has ordered that the United States flag and the Commonwealth flag be lowered to half-staff at all state buildings from sunrise until noon and full staff from noon until sunset on Monday, May 31, 2021.  The order applies to the main or administration building of each public institution of the Commonwealth, other state-owned or state-controlled buildings and all state military installations.