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Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the Bay State has lost 170 heroes in the global war on terror, according to Dan Magoon, president and founder of Massachusetts Fallen Heroes. On Friday, 20 veterans of the US armed services, law enforcement, and firefighters will lace up the gloves in the “Fight for the Fallen” boxing card, proceeds of which will help create a permanent memorial in Boston to honor the fallen men and women and establish a support network for their families.
The local heroes have been training in sweaty gyms — punching bags, skipping rope, and sparring against each other — for weeks. They removed their mouthguards long enough to voice their thoughts on their mission and why they are supporting the cause.