Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Celebrates Patriot Week



YARMOUTH – American servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the line of duty will be remembered next week.

Patriot Week will be celebrated by Massachusetts Fallen Heroes (MFH), an organization which supports Gold Star Families.

MFH will launch a statewide, week-long education program in multiple public schools, including Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School.

Families of those lost in action will meet with students and teach them about patriotism and values like service, sacrifice and honor, according to Yarmouth Deputy Police Chief Steven Xiarhos.

The program will also show a small film to the students.

A gold star father himself, Xiarhos said something like this has never been done.

“You’d think it would be, but there’s a lot of things we can do to give people an outlet to show support for our country,” he said.

The idea for the program came to Xiarhos and other emergency officials when they met in Boston six years ago.

Other areas where the MFH program will stop include Abington, Boston, Bridgewater, Everett, Marlborough, Melrose, Methuen, Northborough, New Bedford, Newbury and Revere.

Additionally, the week will feature the dedication of a 50-foot memorial in Boston on Friday, May 27th.

The structure is the first of its kind in the nation, according to MFH, and is meant to honor the men and women who gave their lives since September 11, 2001.

The program will come to Dennis-Yarmouth Regional on Friday, May 20th.

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