Letter: An act of kindness by six RWU students

Posted 10/21/21

An act of kindness and generosity by six sophomore Roger Williams University students proves there is hope for our younger generation.

Last Sunday, Arthur Medeiros and I were having breakfast at …

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Letter: An act of kindness by six RWU students

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An act of kindness and generosity by six sophomore Roger Williams University students proves there is hope for our younger generation.

Last Sunday, Arthur Medeiros and I were having breakfast at Bristol’s Hope Diner. Two young men and four women were at the table next to us. We engaged them in conversation. They learned that Arthur had fought in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II, which at least one of the boys knew about from an American History course he had taken in his freshman year.

They were understandably impressed to learn about his several personal combat decorations — silver and bronze stars and three purple hearts. They were legitimately amazed when informed that Arthur played golf regularly and routinely scored better than his tender age or 101.

Arthur and I were impressed by the demeanor, behavior and respectful manners of these young men and women. Before leaving they thanked Arthur for his military service.

We did not know until after they had finished and left the diner that they had paid for both our breakfasts as well as the takeout order I was bringing home to Mrs. Hewett.

Loreen, the owner, knew the students. They come in for breakfast on occasion. One of the boys plays hockey for the university.

Arthur and I look forward to seeing these young men and women again at the Diner. We hope to be able to thank them in person and return their act of kindness and generosity.

I wish that I knew each of their names. Perhaps I will see them again and find out who they are. But for now, I know that RWU can be very proud of these six members of its sophomore class, as I am sure their parents are. Arthur and I certainly are.

Peter Hewett
Bristol

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