Mass. man plants flags in tribute to son, troops
BOSTON (AP) -- Hundreds of relatives and volunteers have gathered on the historic Boston Common to plant 33,000 flags in tribute to Massachusetts soldiers killed in conflicts as far back as the Civil War.
Those participating Wednesday included Paul Monti of Raynham, whose son was killed by Afghanistan's Taliban fighters while trying to save a fellow soldier in 2006. Sgt. 1st Class Jared Monti was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor.
Monti says planting the flags on the Common has been a very personal Memorial Day tribute to his son and fellow soldiers killed in service of their country. The program began three years ago.
Monti says Memorial Day is a very reflective day for him and reinforces the fact that "freedom, really, isn't free."
Boston Common dates back to 1634.