An Army veteran decided to repay a preschool class for its kindness earlier this week after a war memorial on Castle Island was vandalized.
"It was a good opportunity for a civics lesson," Nee said. "We really could touch upon a lot of things."
Video from that touching lesson was posted on social media and shown on the evening news, which is how Sgt. Ray Regan saw it.
He decided to personally thank the class for its gesture with a visit Friday.
"It was personal to me because my mother was a teacher of second-graders so I kind of understand that mindset," he said.
Regan wore a uniform and much of his Army equipment for the visit. He also stood with the children to sing the national anthem.
"I want them to understand that anything and everything they want to do with their lives is completely possible," he said.
Regan is a member of the board for an organization called Give2Those, which supports veterans.
The Perry School is holding its annual fundraiser Saturday.