Army soldier thanks students for kindness

By Alan Collins

SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - One army soldier got the chance to say 'thank you' to some of his biggest supporters Wednesday.

Sgt. Demir Lico received a big welcome from the students at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic School in Shelby County on Wednesday. The students wrote letters of support to Lico's army unit in Afghanistan.

"It meant the world to us," Lico said. "We sat around our table. We opened up the package and we got it Christmas Eve. All of us reading. It put smiles on my troops faces."

The school was chosen because Lico's aunt has children that attend Our Lady of the Valley. Joyce Vasha is still very emotional to have her nephew safe and sound back home.

"We were all praying for him," Vasha said. "These kids didn't even hesitate every single letter said they are praying for him. For his safe return. His team. He is proof positive prayers work."

At Vasha's request, the school's social studies teacher organized the letter-writing campaign.  Denise Sanders says her students enjoyed reaching out to the soldiers.

"They are all excited," Sanders said. "They got it together, wrote them before Christmas."

"These people gave up everything," said Marty McGuire, a seventh grade student. "Giving up their lives for their country. It's the duty of  every man and woman to support men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan."

Sgt. Lico presented the school with an American flag which flew in Afghanistan. Lico hopes the students see the flag as something special.

"This is the greatest country in the world and that flag represents this country and freedom," Lico said.

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