PHOTO GALLERY: Dracut Dedicates Mathew G. Boule Memorial Park
Nov 07, 2016 04:31PM
By Bill Gilman
“The word ‘hero’ is for somebody special. This place will be special, and hallowed ground."
Those were the words used by Gov. Charlie Barker on Saturday, as he helped residents of Dracut dedicate Mathew G. Boule Memorial Park.Overlooking Beaver Brook, the park was created to honor the memory of U.S. Army Spc. Mathew G. Boule of Dracut, who was the first Massachusetts resident and first New Englander killed in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom. Boule, just 22, died April 2, 2003, when the Black Hawk helicopter on which he was crew chief, was shot down over the Karbala Gap.
The park sits on a small parcel of land donated for the project by the town. Construction of the park was paid for through grants, donations from businesses and fundraising efforts by The Mat's Park Fund Committee.
Among those taking part in the dedication event on Saturday were Boule's parents, Suellen and Leo Boule, and his fiancee, Kat Pintal.
We have collected a number of photos of the dedication ceremony posted to various social media accounts and emailed to Your Dracut Today and compiled them in this photo gallery.