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Keeping alive memories of warriors who never came home

TAUNTON — Jane Van Gyzen belongs to a club that no parent wants to join. Yesterday, she stood before about 100 men and women, who formed a semicircle on a small triangular patch of green, and tried to explain what it means to lose a son.

“It’s called ‘Remember Me,’ ” she said, and dedicated the short poem to her son, Marine Lance Corporal John Van Gyzen IV. On July 5, 2004, he was killed in Iraq after an insurgent’s rocket slammed into the truck he was sitting in. The Dighton native had just turned 21 a few weeks before his death.

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