Yesterday the once notorios, feared and downright incouragable “Morse Brothers” visited Chester Barrows School in Cranston as guests of “Gramma Muggle,” aka Pat Blackman, friend and fierce supporter of our troops and the Providence Fire Department. Her “Little Muggles” have been sending letters and treats to the soldiers in the 1207th for a while now, much appreciated I’m told. My brother, Bob did a great job entertaining the kids and answering an endless torrent of questions. He presented the school with a certificate of appreciation from his unit, signed by the big shots as well as a Muslim prayer rug embroidered with thanks from the 1207th in English and Arabic. Unfortunately a visit to Stone Hill School wasn’t possible due to time restraints, Bob presented Gramma Muggle with a certificate and prayer rug for them as well.
As I sat off to the side I was happy to let Bob have the spotlight. He and his fellow soldiers have earned all the praise and respect that comes their way. It was a good day for us and the kids as well. I think that seeing the person they wrote their letters to gave the kids a better understanding of the sacrifices being made by folks a lot like their own parents, aunts and uncles.