Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 10, 2014

Goodwill, gratefulness surround annual Run for the Troops

The Andover Townsman

---- — Editor, Townsman:

It is a sunny and glorious morning in Andover as I am writing this letter. My two teenage daughters, one of their friends, my wife and I ran the Run for the Troops race this morning. We were joined by approximately 2,000 other runners, countless babies in carriages and numerous dogs in an effort to support injured veterans by raising money to build accessible homes for them.

The start of the race featured the Color Guard, followed by an Irish bagpipe band, followed by former and current recipients (several in wheelchairs) of homes built as a result of this effort.

The whole scene brought tears to my eyes and I suspect I was not alone. The race featured American flags draped throughout the course, numerous residents cheering on the runners and a collection of musicians playing to maintain the runners’ high spirits. It felt like the entire Andover community had come out and the feeling was one of goodwill and gratefulness. It is the same feeling that one gets each Thanksgiving morning as thousands come together to run the Feaster Five.

I simply write this letter to celebrate the Andover community and one of its good deeds. Each year, I observe that there are issues that divide this community, but the reality is that our commonality is far greater than our differences and when we work together, this community can achieve great things.

Al Uluatam

18 Canterbury St.