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Leading the Next Generation

Massachusetts Fallen Heroes has developed an educational program to teach high school students about the meaning of Memorial Day, to introduce them to Gold Star Family members, and to inspire them to act with civic responsibility. The 45-60 minute program focuses on five primary components – honor, service, sacrifice, character and duty.

MFH Educational Program is based on five modules which are presented at participating schools to an assembly of diverse students. Presentations are conducted unscripted, to inform the audience and future leaders on the true meaning of Memorial Day. Students are introduced to Gold Star Family members who then explain what it means to be a Gold Star Family. The discussion with describes the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day from a Gold Star Family viewpoint and a Veteran point of view. This open dialogue is designed to engage students and inspire action from them by encouraging participation in a community event or the MFH Academic Challenge.

**This program has no political affiliation or Military recruitment.

Program Curriculum

Honor. Service. Sacrifice. Character. Duty.

These are the traits we strive to pass on to the next generation through our high school educational program. The 45-60 minute program is broken up into the four parts listed below.

Part 1 - Introduction of Gold Star Family Members

Part 1

Introduction of Gold Star Family Member(s)

First, we introduce a Gold Star Family member and allow them to talk about their lost loved one, and how he or she exemplified those five traits.

Part 2 - Video

Part 2


We then show them a video where Veterans and Gold Star Family members discuss what it means to be a hero and how heroes demonstrate the five traits.

Part 3 - Q&A

Part 3

Questions & Answers

From there, we allow students to ask questions about and discuss the meaning of the five traits.

Part 4 - The Challenge

Part 4

The Challenge

Lastly, we introduce the students to a challenge with a community service focus.


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Student Feedback from the 2017 Educational Program

“Truly sorry for your loss but we could not be any more thankful for the sacrifices you and your family has made.”

“Thank You for your sacrifice truly from the bottom of my heart. Because of all of these sacrifices, we are able to get up everyday in peace. All of my love to you!”

“Many thanks to you and your family. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. You are much appreciated. Bless you for keeping us safe.”

“I am beyond thankful for those who sacrifice everyday for my freedom.”

“The sacrifice that was made by your family can never be repaid, but please know that the appreciation I have is deep. May God be with you, and your fellow soldier.”

“Thank You so much for your sacrifice. The work of your loved one has made America and the world a better place, but we are sorry for your loss.”