Massachusetts 4th of July Weekend
We’ve had an exciting Massachusetts 4th of July Weekend weekend and the team has been galvanized with renewed passion for our mission with the Flag. We collected more than a few notable impressions from veterans, local celebrities and civil servants during our time in the Bay State. As we move on to our next city, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the amazing experiences we’ve had in Massachusetts!
On Thursday, July 2nd, we began in Hopkinton, where the Boston Marathon traditionally starts. The team was joined by local police, Dave Seymour from A&E’s Flipping Boston, President of Massachusetts Easter Seals Kirk Joslin, and several military veterans, including Bob LaVoie, a long time Hopkinton resident who was a first hand witness to the raising of the American flag at Iwo Jima. We were proud to collect their amazing stories and impressions, especially with Independence Day fast approaching.
The gathering then moved to Center School where we were able to meet with Rick and Dick Hoyt of Team Hoyt. Rick was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy at birth. In 1977, he implored his father Dick, then 36 and most certainly not a runner, to help him run a marathon to benefit a newly paralyzed friend. After that first marathon, Rick confessed to his father that running made him feel as if he wasn’t paralyzed. When Dick heard this, he dedicated himself to becoming a marathon runner and has since taken his son to 72 marathons and more than 1,100 endurance events. Truly a touching story of a father’s dedication to his son.
Inspired by such amazing stories of strength and love, we made our way toward Copley Square in Boston where the marathon ends. We were joined at the finish line by crowds of international tourists and the press. Among the impressions we collected were Boston Police Chief Gross and Police Commissioner Evans followed by a slew of BPD officers who were more than happy to show their support for the Flag.
Independence Day dawned with our team arriving at Plymouth Rock, the landing place of the english pilgrims. We set up our Flag and watched a 5k Road race as well as the Independence Day parade. By 10:30 we were off to Cape Cod where our team visited Hyannis Port to interact with the crowds headed to grab a spot on the beach for fireworks that evening.
By the afternoon, we made our way to the Wampanoag Pow Wow in Mashpee. This was a wonderful event, where Flag for Hope was able to witness the opening ceremony and the honor parade. The Flag was even included in a performance with the Native Americans dressed in their traditional garb! The Chief of the Wampanoag Tribe and Elders of the Council were all kind enough to leave their impressions on our Flag, enriching its meaning even further.
Massachusetts has been a wonderful stop on our journey. Here, in one of the oldest states in America, we were able to witness the history of our country and celebrate its future. Stay tuned as we continue our journey and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more!
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