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Fallen heroes remembered in Mattapan

Gordon Gaul knew it would be a day of tears. At Mount Hope Cemetery, where 14,000 veterans are buried, he shifted his sunglasses Sunday and walked slowly, alone past the small gravestones festooned with American flags, searching for his father’s grave.

Gaul comes to visit the grave on Memorial Day and on his father’s birthday. For Gaul, a Roxbury resident, serving in the military runs in his blood. He was 9 when his father, Gordon Gaul Sr., a World War I veteran, died. A decade later, Gaul served two years as a Marine in Vietnam.

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