Hudson -- A story in our June 23 edition, "Hudson Montessori sends reinforcements of love to troops," described how teachers, students and staff members collected and sent four boxes of goodies to a military base in Afghanistan.
The collection, which included snacks, books, games and a variety of other items, was sent to Forward Operating Base Shank, where Maj. Kevin Lowe, a U.S. Army Reserve doctor from Hudson, was stationed during his second tour.
Three of Kevin's five children attend Hudson Montessori.
By the way, if you think because Kevin was a doctor he had it easier, the soldiers in that part of Afghanistan nicknamed the base "Rocket City" because of the constant barrage of Taliban mortars which are lobbed at the base daily.
Kevin and his wife, Nicole, thanked the school for the supplies which helped break up the daily routine of the soldiers, which included push-up contests to break up the boredom.
It was a touching gesture, and I wanted to take a few moments to also thank the Hudson Montessori family for showing love and support to our troops.
Special thanks to Michelle Lazor, director of admissions, who helped organize the donation. Michelle also delivered the boxes to the post office.
A note of thanks also goes out to each and every member of the Montessori Sunshine Committee. The committee provided weekly meals to Nicole and the Lowe family, so she could grab a few precious moments of break time.
Kudos to you, Nicole. I don't think spouses get enough credit during combat deployments. I can't imagine trying to take care of three small children by myself, while volunteering at school, keeping doctor appointments, washing, cleaning, cooking and worrying about a spouse in a combat zone.
The students at Hudson Montessori might be too young to really understand what's is going on in Afghanistan. Even some parents may not fully understand the reasons we are there -- I know I don't. But as Kevin told me, no matter the personal thoughts on the war or the political party followed, what's important is showing support to the men and women serving, fighting and dying to protect our freedom.
I agree with that 100 percent.
Troop support has not always been so prevalent. Soldiers returning from a "police action" called Vietnam, which ended when I was a child, were met with jeering crowds and horrific allegations.
I hope that never happens again.
Thanks should be shown to every man or woman wearing a military uniform, whether a frontline soldier in Afghanistan or a shipping clerk in North Carolina; each is an important cog in the machine of freedom.
Both Nicole and Kevin suggested readers find a soldier to send a card or letter to, letting them know "they are not forgotten."
There are a variety of organizations which can assist with addresses for cards or letters and supply lists for packages.
"Always feel like you can drop a letter in the mail to our servicemen, thanking them. They are so appreciative of getting mail," Nicole said.
Let's take a lesson from the Hudson Montessori family and let our men and women in uniform know they are appreciated.
It doesn't take a lot of money, just a stamp.
And isn't putting a smile on the face of a person serving in a combat zone, willing to die for our freedom, worth at least a stamp?