Words cannot even begin to express how grateful I am to live in this beautiful community…I say this over and over again.

Last Thursday was a day I will remember the rest of my life ... thanks to all of you. I know the family members of fallen soldier Neil Harris will remember, too.

Thursday morning, I was feeling like I needed to do something to honor this soldier who was married to my niece. He was coming to a place that was not home to him, and I knew no one from here would know him. But that didn’t matter to all of you.

All I did was make a couple of phone calls, talk to a few people and wow, look at what happened. You came, and I am so amazed it was that simple. This is a great place and each of you proved this by showing up to pay tribute to a fallen soldier who fought for our freedom.

I would like to thank everyone who came and participated in this remarkable show of respect. Your presence did not go unnoticed. You made it so special for everyone to see. It was the most amazing sight. Wow! It was truly an event to be remembered.

To all those who came on motorcycles to escort Neil’s body into town (Neil loved motorcycles), you made it a perfect setting for him to come home to this place. Thank you for showing up on such short notice. You are so awesome.

To our police officers that came and helped with things needed to keep everyone safe, you are appreciated so much.

Thank you to the fire department that was so thoughtful to bring the ladder truck and hang the American flag for all to see.

Thank you Jamie Croteau and Mariah Clayson for being so willing to sing on short notice. It was so amazing to witness humble hearts when the songs were sung. I know it made a difference to Neil’s family for you to sing those beautiful songs.

Neil’s family was so humbled to think all of you cared enough to come and honor their loved one. They thank you from the bottom of their hearts.

And to the Mosdells, what can we say that hasn’t already been said. You are amazing. You made things possible for Neil’s wife that she will be always grateful for. Thank you so much for every minute you spent working on the little things we will always remember.

Most of all, thank you God for sending a rainbow. It was so comforting to all of us. We felt it was our answer; to know Neil had come home. What an amazing end for a fallen soldier who had come home.

Thanks to all of you,

Love Harriet Perkins