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See photos of the Memorial Day flag display on the Boston Common

Volunteers planted more than 37,000 flags at the Memorial Day Flag Garden on Boston Common on Wednesday afternoon in honor of Memorial Day.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

Hundreds of volunteers, some veterans, gathered together at the Boston Common on Wednesday to place over 37,000 flags to honor dead soldiers ahead of Memorial Day.

The display was set up around the Soldiers and Sailors monument, and was unveiled in a ceremony on Thursday. Killed soldiers honored by each flag date back to the Revolutionary War.

Kim Bullock (left) and Monique Charbonneau planted flags on Boston Common. John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
Louie Taylor, 10, (left) helped his grandfather, Vietnam War veteran Billy Allen of Winthrop, plant American flags on Boston Common.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff
The Common was transformed into a sea of flags.John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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