Wednesday, December 1st, 2021

MA Gold Star Families Tree

2021 Massachusetts Gold Star Families Tree

16 December 2021 | 1:00PM State House, Ashburton Park

All are invited to join this year’s outdoor Gold Star Families Tree display to pay tribute to our Massachusetts Service Members who gave their lives in service to our Nation and the families who carry their legacy forward. 

Following the dedication a private reception for immediate family members of the Fallen at the UMASS Club with Governor and Mrs. Baker. RSVP is required  by December 12, 2021 for any families wishing to attend the reception.  Please RSVP by calling 1-84-HELP-VETS or info@militaryfriends.org. Please provide the full name of each family member, your address, phone number, email and rank & name of your Fallen Hero.

We wish to extend special thanks to the Office of the Governor & Lt. Governor, Mrs. Lauren Baker, MA General Court, MA Department of Veterans’ Services and Boston Athletic Association/Boston Marathon for supporting this event.  

COVID-19 PROTOCAL:
All are invited to attend the outdoor event. The ceremony may have attendees in close proximity and you are requested to wear a mask.  Immediate Gold Star Family members who have RSVP’d to the private reception will need to wear a mask inside the UMASS Club unless they are eating/drinking.
 
BRING AN ORNAMENT:
Gold Star Families are invited to bring an ornament of their choosing to place on the tree to place on the tree prior to the ceremony. The tree will be outside for ten days and ornaments will not be able to be returned.  
 
TREE VIEWING:
After the dedication, the Gold Star Families Tree will be on display through December 25, 2021 outside at the Ashburton Park at the Massachusetts State House. The public is welcome to view the tree.  The Park Street Station T stop is 2 blocks away and paid parking is also available.
 
ABOUT THE GOLD STAR FAMILIES TREE: Annually Military Friends Foundation hosts the dedication of the “Massachusetts Gold Star Families Tree”.  The tree pays tribute to local Service Members who have been killed-in-action, lost their lives on active duty, from hidden wounds of war, or died related to their military or public service.  Photos and messages from loved ones are displayed on the tree and serve to remind us of the tremendous sacrifices made for our Freedoms. This project is a partnership between the Military Friends Foundation, the Office of the Governor and the Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services. This project is supported by Tough Ruck 26.2 – held in partnership with the Boston Marathon Tough Ruck 26.2 – fueled by the Boston Marathon.