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Family turns yard into somber memorial to those lost to COVID-19


A family in Grafton is honoring each life lost in Massachusetts with a somber memorial in their yard.Last March, Carrie and Mike Labbe of Grafton decided to commemorate each life lost to COVID-19 in Massachusetts with a flag display in their yard.“Where a lot of families couldn’t be with their loved ones and people died alone. Maybe it’s closure?” Carrie Labbe said. Fourteen months later, there are now more than 17,000 flags. It has turned into a time-consuming labor of love with a considerable cost — around $1 a flag plus the price of lumber for the racks. And the memorial keeps growing.“Every flag represents a soul that was lost. And it’s just going to keep going until the numbers dwindle down and we feel it’s the time to stop,” Carrie Labbe said. With considerable progress in the fight against COVID-19, it’s a time to reflect on hope for the future.“Between the vaccinations and social distancing, all the guidelines. It looks like everything’s turning in the right direction now. And let’s just hope it keeps going that way,” Carrie Labbe said.Mike Labbe is considering giving a flag to each person who gets vaccinated.The Labbes encourage people to stop by to see the display at 172 Keith Hill Road in Grafton.

A family in Grafton is honoring each life lost in Massachusetts with a somber memorial in their yard.

Last March, Carrie and Mike Labbe of Grafton decided to commemorate each life lost to COVID-19 in Massachusetts with a flag display in their yard.

“Where a lot of families couldn’t be with their loved ones and people died alone. Maybe it’s closure?” Carrie Labbe said.

Fourteen months later, there are now more than 17,000 flags. It has turned into a time-consuming labor of love with a considerable cost — around $1 a flag plus the price of lumber for the racks.

And the memorial keeps growing.

“Every flag represents a soul that was lost. And it’s just going to keep going until the numbers dwindle down and we feel it’s the time to stop,” Carrie Labbe said.

With considerable progress in the fight against COVID-19, it’s a time to reflect on hope for the future.

“Between the vaccinations and social distancing, all the guidelines. It looks like everything’s turning in the right direction now. And let’s just hope it keeps going that way,” Carrie Labbe said.

Mike Labbe is considering giving a flag to each person who gets vaccinated.

The Labbes encourage people to stop by to see the display at 172 Keith Hill Road in Grafton.

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