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2 Very Different Men, Bound Now at Arlington

Two weeks before his death, Gavriel told reporters he was "locked, cocked and ready to rock," the Boston Globe reported.

Like Bryant, Gavriel had a thing for rhymes.


Sens. Edward M. Kennedy and John F. Kerry attend the funeral at Arlington for Lance Cpl. Dimitrios Gavriel, a Massachusetts native. (Andrea Bruce Woodall -- The Washington Post)


The high school wrestling champion and former Wall Street analyst, began keeping a journal of poems and thoughts after he graduated from Brown University in 1997, which his parents, Chris and Penelope, found only recently, according to media reports. In one piece, published in the Boston Herald shortly before his funeral in Haverhill, he wrote:

And then there are the dreamers

Who see beyond the shroud

Distinct are they among us

They shuffle through the crowd

Hope lives among so few

Yet strong it is I know

For I am still a dreamer

Along the track I go

After he died, friends and family remembered Gavriel as an idealist, a 270-pound giant of a man who quit a high-profile job in finance to do what he believed was right, according to accounts in the Massachusetts newspapers. On Sept. 11, 2001, during the moments before the attacks on the World Trade Center, Gavriel had been on the phone with a friend working in one of the towers, according to the news stories. That made it clear: He would go to Iraq.

What became clear only later, on two, dark November days, was how he and Bryant would come home.

So yesterday two families paused, at different times and in different ways, on the same small patch of grass at Arlington. They said prayers and stood in silence. And they honored two very different men, a pair of dreamers.


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