Lives Lost: At US Veterans’ Home, Towering Legacies of Coronavirus Dead

Posted on May 22, 2020 1:00 am

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In communities around the Holyoke Soldiers’ Home in Massachusetts, families are marking the first Memorial Day without a veteran who was a parent, spouse or sibling. More than 70 have died of the coronavirus at the home. Relatives of the lost tell similar stories of their loved one, many who rarely spoke of their service, having moved on to tend to families and new careers at home. The outbreak at the Soldiers’ Home is one of the worst in the country and the subject of state and federal investigations.

Each of their stories was different, but common strains repeat: Of humility