by Lisa Tome
The holidays can be an emotional time for people.
Phoebe Lanouette, a freshman at Bohemia Manor High School, couldn't manage to hold back the tears last week.
She has two very good reasons. Lanouette was singing as part of her school's choir at the Woman's Club of Cecil County holiday luncheon. At the end of the performance, members of the club invited the choir to participate in one of the club's holiday traditions. Each year, club members write out cards thanking deployed military personnel for their service. The cards are then forwarded to another Woman's Club who handles the distribution.
Lanouette is close to two people currently serving in Afghanistan. Her brothers, twins Andrew and Noah Lanouette are both serving with the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. Phoebe last saw her brothers in the summer.
"They won't be home for Christmas. I last saw them in August," she said.
She writes letters to her brothers but said it isn't the same as having them nearby.
"It's hard at the holidays. I miss them and hope they're safe," she said.
After taking a few minutes to collect herself, Lanouette chose a card, which will likely go to someone she doesn't know.
She wrote: "Thank you so much. We greatly appreciate you for what you do. Have a good year."
She ended her message with a smiley face.