As many of you know I have two boys currently serving in the military. My son Christian is an Army Medic stationed in Texas and my son Janni is in the Marines currently serving in Iraq.
Through the Merrimack Mail call group I was put in touch with John Bristol who is the leader of Boy Scout Troop 15 in Merrimack. Mr. Bristol told me that his Troop would like to show support to Janni as well as a former troop member named Mike Deberadinis who is serving in the United States Army.
I was invited to a troop meeting on the 18th of March at St. John Neumann’s Church. I have to say that as a result of that meeting I came away very, very impressed with the adult leaders of that troop but most especially of the boys themselves!
Mike’s Mom and I were allowed to talk, with pride, about all three of our sons who are serving our country. The Scouts who range in age from 11 to 18 were attentive, respectful and sincerely interested in what we had to say. After that each boy wrote a letter to Mike and Janni expressing their appreciation for their service to our country.
In addition the scouts had collected items in order to mail care packages to Janni and Mike. I know that Janni now has two boxes on the way to Iraq from these complete- yet completely caring- strangers.
In the face of our daily struggles it is easy to lose sight of the good that is right before our eyes, John Bristol, his fellow adult leaders and these boys are shining examples of what is right about or society today.
The DuPont family owes a debt of gratitude to Troop 15.