Mid-South soldier thanks students for letters sent overseas

By Chip Washington - bio | email

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South soldier, recently back from Iraq, took time Friday to thank students in Memphis who made his time away from home a little easier.

Friday morning, Major Robert Edwards walked into an assembled class of junior kindergartners at Christ Methodist Day School in Memphis to thank them for letters they sent him while he was gone.

"When I received the letters, and all the heart felt emotion they put into the letters...to write me - they never met me before - they didn't know who I was from Adam's House cat, yet they wrote to me," he said.

Carla Martin, a teacher's assistant at the school, grew up with Edwards. His mother wanted to do something special, since he would not be home for the holidays, so she asked Martin, who in turn got the kids to create Christmas cards.

"The teachers just embraced the idea," Martin said. "They stopped everything they were doing and each individual child made a handmade card to send to Rob."

It was very clear that both he and the children were totally enjoying themselves as he passed around pictures showing him in action, answering their questions and letting them try on his helmet.  

Edwards, a married father of three, said it is good to be home, where he is able to appreciate the little things in life.

"Being able to run to Chic-Fil-A and get a milk shake...it's just great," he said.

Edwards was part of a Military Police Unit, and interacted with hundreds of school children while in Iraq.   He said the conditions were much better on his last trip, and he was glad to see that things had stabilized in the region.

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