Patriot Week, established in 2016, is designed to inspire and educate our Commonwealth about Honor, Service, Sacrifice, Character, & Duty. This annual series of events represents a significant part of our mission and has been a driving force for our growth.
The timing of Patriot Week is important as it commences on Armed Forces Day and concludes on Memorial Day. All activities and programs offered during Patriot Week are created to educate citizens about the difference between Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Through these events we Honor our Fallen and reinforce the true meaning of Memorial Day.
Our Annual Memorial Dinner is the anchor event during this week. Dignitaries, business people, veterans, and community members come together to recognize the Gold Star families and honor the 282 Massachusetts military members we’ve lost since September 11, 2001. This event serves as our primary fundraiser for the year.
Previous Patriot Week events have included Veteran Leadership Panels, PatriotFest Concerts, Mass Fallen Heroes 5K Race, Fenway for the Fallen, and the annual Re-Dedication of the memorial.
Each year we expand the Patriot Week events to reach new audiences and involve new businesses. If you or your business would like to become involved in Patriot Week 2018, please email MFHEvents@massfallenheroes.org.
“We are here because we are supposed to be here. Because we owe it to them; we swore we would never forget. We have a creed that says we will leave no man behind. If we did not take the time to HONOR them, we would be leaving them behind. If we did not work to SUPPORT the Gold Star Families, we would be leaving them behind. If we did not work hard to EMPOWER the Veterans that served alongside them, we would be leaving them behind.”
Master Sergeant Gregory Kelly
President and Co-Founder Massachusetts Fallen Heroes
19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), U.S. Army