The Foxboro Jaycees present a first of its kind, unforgettable event.
Remembering Our Loved Ones.
Taking Aim at the Crisis.
Sunday September 1st, 2019, 11:00 A.M. on Foxboro Common
Information about how to purchase a personalized flag coming soon.
From the SUN CHRONICLE, 7/9/2019 by Jeff Peterson
On the days leading up to Labor Day weekend, the Town Common will be carpeted by nearly 8,000 multi-colored miniature flags to raise awareness of those who lost their lives to addictions in Massachusetts over the past four years.
Spearheaded by Foxboro Jaycees, the local display is being planned in conjunction with Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held each year on Aug. 31 and dedicated to helping eliminate overdose deaths.
“When you go and see a flag representing your own loved one it shows that somebody cares,” said organizer Kris Long of Foxboro, a past Jaycee president currently serving on the local board of directors. “It validates their experiences” as well as the heartache.
Foxboro Common will be the location for both for the multi-day memorial display and an 11 a.m. gathering at the Common bandstand on Sunday, Sept. 1 featuring entertainment, information and speakers focusing on the addictions crisis.
Green, blue, yellow and purple lawn flags will be located on the north end of the Common surrounding the bandstand, with different colors designating the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 grouped separately into four sections in between the spoked walkways.
The flags will be accompanied by small lawn signs purchased by sponsors to help offset costs of the display that will present facts about the opioid crisis.
The cumulative number for the four years in question will be between 7,800 and 8,000 deaths.
The effect will hopefully evoke similar sentiments to recent memorial galleries which blanket landscapes with thousands of small flags in honor of American service personnel.