Category: MFH News

Veterans Day Leadership Forum

November 1st, 2017

Mass Fallen Heroes dedicated Veteran’s Edge Program is pleased to announce our inaugural Veterans Day Leadership Forum to rethink the way we view Veteran employment initiatives.

The panel will feature Veterans and Community Leaders who will discuss Veteran Unemployment, Underemployment, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership. Each of our distinguished panelists has a unique experience key to developing new approaches to encourage Veterans and companies on their path to Empower Veterans.

The Panel

  • SSG Ryan Pitts USA, Medal of Honor Recipient
  • James McDonough CEO, Randolph Savings Bank
  • Michael Devin USMC, Mass Fallen Heroes Veteran’s Edge
  • Brendan Hamm USMC, Raytheon
  • Chris Grace USMC, PWC
  • Chris Rolfe USAF, Bain & Company

Moderated By:

 Thomas Lyons USMC, Semper Fi Society

November 10, 2017 
101 Seaport Blvd, South Boston, MA 02210
1300 – 1500
November 8, 2017

Register NOW

This forum will also serve as the official announcement and launch of

Mass Fallen Heroes New Program: InnoVets



Never Miss a Sample Sale!

September 7th, 2017

To learn more about Mass Fallen Heroes Sample Sales, text HONOR to 42828 and reply with your email address. Never miss a Sample Sale again!

Here’s the flier for our October event!


August Sample Sale

August 12th, 2017

Come and show your support Sunday, August 13th 10am – 1pm for our August Sample Sale. We have received hundreds of beautiful brand new rugs all styles, patterns and sizes. MFH Sample Sales sell all kinds of brand new product with a 50 – 70% discount off retail costs. We have it all household items, children’s, furniture, clothing and many more brand new sample products. Plenty of parking is available.

If you would like to get the Mass Fallen Heroes monthly Sample Sale notices please:

Text: HONOR to 42828 And reply with your email address. Never miss a sale again!

All proceeds from MFH Sample Sales help to provide unique programs and services for our Veteran and Gold Star Family community. Thank you for your continued support.

Honor our Fallen

Support our Gold Star Families

Empower our Veterans

MFH Sample Sale !!!

June 13th, 2017

Saturday June 24, 2017 11am-2pm at our permanent location in East Boston. More truckloads have arrived with brand new designer sample products sold for 50-70% off. Shoes, clothes, belts, lamps, furniture, sheets, children’s and anything you can think of. All proceeds from MFH Sample Sales benefit our exclusive Gold Star Family & Veteran Programs and Services. In 2016, MFH gave 6 cars to Veterans, hosted 26 Gold Star Family excursions and events, battling at the State House year round protecting the status of our Veterans. Ensuring we can operate with this flexibility and continue to provide programs and services comes from the support of our Sample Sale Shoppers and team of loyal volunteers.

Thank you.

Honor Support Empower

MFH Sample Sale

175 William F. McClellan HWY

East Boston, MA 02128

Parking is available.

June 24th 11am-2pm.

Patriot Week 2017, May 20th – 29th

March 19th, 2017

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Patriot Week

In 2016, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes created the first ever Patriot Week as a lead-in to Memorial Day. The goal was to find creative and meaningful ways to educate and inspire the citizens of Massachusetts about Honor, Service, Sacrifice, Character and Duty—the real meaning behind Memorial Day and the values that so many young men and women have given their lives to protect. The result was an enormous success and we received positive feedback across the Commonwealth and now Patriot Week will be an annual and much-needed event in the Bay State.

MFH will launch it’s 2nd Annual Educational Program on May 15th. Our intent is to educate our youth on the significance of memorial Day, and to raise awareness of the ongoing increasing commercialization of this sacred holiday. We feel strongly that with communication and education, amongst our society is the best way to incorporate positive and healthy change. We have tripled in numbers with participating schools across the Commonwealth.

Please visit the Patriot Week website for event details. Learn how you can honor our fallen and support the families they left behind. Empower your returning Veterans who are transitioning back into civilian life after protecting your freedom.

Party On the Lawn, May 20th – Patriot Fest will be headlined by American country music singers and songwriters Tyler Farr and Eric Paslay and supported by Dalton and the Sheriffs and Louie Bello. $40.00 per person, must be 21. Purchase today at TicketMaster.

Mass Save® and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Raise Over $22,000 for Massachusetts Veterans and Families of the Fallen

February 9th, 2017

(February 9, 2017 – Boston, MA) – Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH), a nonprofit dedicated to honoring the fallen, assisting families of the Fallen and empowering veterans, has received over $22,000 from a fundraiser made possible by the sponsors of Mass Save®. From June through December of last year, the Mass Save sponsors worked with retailer TechniArt to sell more than 4,400 specially designed packages of LED bulbs, with half of the proceeds going to MFH. “The amount of support we’ve received from the sponsors of Mass Save is incredible,” said Dan Magoon, executive director of MFH. “The generous funds that were raised will support Mass Fallen Heroes efforts of providing assistance and advocacy services to our Gold Star families as well as our returning veterans, and for that we are extremely grateful.


2016 MFH Campaign Recap_Press Release_2.7.17

Mass. military heroes honored at new Seaport memorial

May 27th, 2016

By Laura Crimaldi GLOBE STAFF 

Was it worth it?

It’s a question Lauren Ayube has considered countless times since a suicide bomber killed her husband, James, in Afghanistan nearly six years ago.

On Friday, she confronted that question again as a memorial bearing the name of US Army Sergeant James A. Ayube II and 217 other soldiers was dedicated in the Seaport District.

Randy Price, Bob Halloran and Danielle Vollmar salute local vets during Patriot Week May 20-30

May 7th, 2016

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is pleased to announce the first-ever, 10 day series of events honoring local veterans and families of the Fallen known as Patriot Week will run May 20 – May 30, 2016.

The announcement took place at the future home to the organization’s 50-foot memorial, which will be dedicated on May 27, 2016 to honor the sons and daughters of the Commonwealth who gave their lives since September 11, 2001 in service to the United States in the Global War on Terrorism.

The memorial is a five-sided diaphanous column with each side signifying the five branches of service. Throughout the day the waterfront’s light will reflect upon the tour. The tower is also illuminated internally, making it visible from vantage points around the harbor and downtown Boston through the evening hours. The memorial will stand as a symbol of remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives for our nation.

“Many years of hard work and passion have been put into this memorial and we are excited to finally give our fallen the dedication and remembrance that they deserve,” said Dan Magoon, executive director of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. “In conjunction with the unveiling of the memorial, we are thrilled to launch the first-ever Patriot Week which will invite the Commonwealth to partake in educational programming and festivities throughout the week.”

Highlights of Patriot Week include:

• Statewide Educational Launch, which begins on May 20th, invites various schools across the state to work with teachers, principals and faculty members to educate students about Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day. Through literature and resources provided by Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, educators are able to create personalized lesson plans for their students in hopes of increasing their awareness.

• Massachusetts Fallen Heroes 5K Road Race on Saturday, May 21st at Carson Beach in South Boston. Participants will run 3.1 miles along Carson Beach to honor the fallen. The flat and scenic race course will be topped off with live music by Cask Mousse.

• Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ First Fashion Show featuring Lindsay Tia on Tuesday, May 24th at the Coppersmith Bar, South Boston. Lindsay Tia has joined forces with Massachusetts Fallen Heroes to support Fallen Heroes, Veterans and their families with her new “Bravery Brand.”

• Dedication of the Memorial & Reception on Friday, May 27th to honor the fallen and will include Gold Star Family members, Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, General John Kelly as keynote speaker along with Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Ryan Pitts, Massachusetts Fallen Heroes staff and board members. Four wreaths will be laid to represent each branch of the military and will be joined by the 215th Army Band. The 101st Field Artillery Unit of the MANG, along with the Concord Battery and a cannon from the USS Constitution will fire in tandem with a 21 Gun Salute.

• Fenway for the Fallen at the historic home to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, May 28th. Gold Star Family members, veterans and celebrities will participate in Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ annual Softball Classic.

• Patriot Fest Concert following Fenway for the Fallen at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion on Saturday, May 28th. Performers include Tigerman WOAH, Mallet Brothers Band, Cask Mousse, Ghost of Paul Revere, These Wild Plains and Dalton and the Sheriffs. The highly anticipated song Valhalla will be performed by Danny Lynch in honor of all fallen heroes.

In addition to these key events of Patriot Week, various events will take place throughout the week to honor the fallen. All events are open to the public and Massachusetts Fallen Heroes gives special thanks to Presenting Sponsor: Suffolk Construction Company and its Chairman & CEO, John Fish. For more information regarding Patriot Week and how you can get involved please visit:


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2016 Boston Marathon Runner Application

December 16th, 2015

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes is excited to announce that we have a limited number of bibs available for runners who would like to raise money for our organization by participating in the 2016 Boston Marathon on April 18th. Please fill out the application in order to be considered for a spot on the 2016 Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Team! Email your completed application to

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes’ mission is to inaugurate a permanent memorial dedicated to the men and women of Massachusetts who have lost their lives while fighting the Global War on Terrorism since 2001, and to provide a multitude of advocacy services to Veterans and families of the Fallen. #HonorTheir Sacrifice #RunBold


Gold Star Families Receive Free Cruise to Paris & Normandy

October 27th, 2015


Boston (October27, 2015) – On Friday, October 30, 2015, 30 Gold Star families affiliated withMassachusetts Fallen Heroes will embark on a trip of a lifetime – a free, all inclusive 12 day cruise to France with stops in Paris and the D-Day beaches of Normandy sponsored by Boston based Vantage Deluxe World Travel. Passengers will include Erin Vasselian, whose husband Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian of Abington was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2013, and Denise Sherman-Frazier, whose son Army Sgt. Benjamin Sherman was killed while trying to save a fellow soldier in Afghanistan in 2009.

The families will take part in a short ceremony at Logan Airport before their departure. Reporters and photographers are welcome:




WHO:  Gold Star Families, Chris Lessard, Program Director of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes, Kyleen Kelleher, Vantage Deluxe World Travel

About the Trip

The families will fly to Paris on October 30 and embark on a 12 day cruise aboard the luxurious ms River Venture. The trip will include 9 sightseeing tours including the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame in Paris, walking tours of Vernon, Rouen, and Honfleur and a special visit to Normandy for a tour of the D-Day beaches and a wreath laying ceremony at the Normandy American Cemetery, final resting place for nearly 10,000 American soldiers killed during the largest land invasion in history.

The complimentary cruise is part of Vantage Deluxe World Travel’s Vantage Heroes program, which provides those recovering from traumatic experiences an opportunity to bond and share their experiences and their strength with one another. Past cruises have been offered to survivors of the Boston Marathon Bombings, 9/11 families and those who lost loved ones in the devastating Yarnell Hill wildfire in 2013. Families from 20 local towns will be represented on the October 30 cruise for Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. Vantage Deluxe World Travel is also planning another Heroes Cruise to France in December for families who lost loved ones on United Flight 93 on September 11, 2001.

In addition to cruise and air travel, all taxes and port charges, transfers and baggage handling are complimentary for these special guests.

About Vantage Deluxe World Travel:

Vantage Deluxe World Travel is a world-renowned deluxe tour operator known for delivering the best values in deluxe land, river, and small ship travel. The company owns and operates its own fleet of luxurious river cruise ships that sail the Rhine, Danube, Main, Moselle, Seine, Saone and Rhone rivers; and also exclusively charters ships in Europe, Asia, and South America. Vantage’s Discoveries brand offers deluxe land and small ship journeys in North and South America, Africa, Europe and the Mediterranean, Asia, and the South Pacific.

About Massachusetts Fallen Heroes:

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes was created to memorialize our fallen heroes who served in the Global War on Terrorism since 2001. The organization provides programs and services and acts as a liaison to acquire education, employment, medical, legal, and financial services to military veterans, their families and Gold Star families.