On May 5, 1866, local members of the Grand Army of the Republic gathered in Waterloo, New York to honor fallen comrades. Congress did not declare Memorial Day as a national holiday until 1971. Like our predecessors, we carved a space for all to reflect upon the devotion and sacrifice made by great men and women of our Commonwealth. What Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has built has become a hallowed ground of somber reverence for all to pay homage to the sacrifice that keeps our nation alive. As we add a special tribute to our Co-Founder, Sergeant First Class Eric Michael Emond, we welcome all to come and place a tribute of their own to honor a loved one or any of the many names on the memorial.