Nu Era Bakery, located on Stratton Street in downtown Logan, is celebrating freedom this holiday season by remembering those who fight for that right every day: the American troops.
Outside of their bakery, taped to the windows, are notes of encouragement, hope, love and support. The idea came from worker Renee Lawrence whose son is a United States Marine who served in Afghanistan.
“We used to decorate the windows for all of the holidays, but the guy who did the decorating isn’t here anymore. So, the other day, Renee came up with the idea and got some paper and tape and put the names of the workers up.” said Rachel Hall, an employee at Nu Era.
In fact, Lawrence bought all of the supplies on her own to create the display.
“The vets don’t get the honor that they deserve,” Lawrence said. “He’s been home around four years now… You think back to when they were in, and it’s tough dealing with that as a mom. I want to show him all the appreciation I can now.”
The display includes the names of all employees on construction paper replicas of the United States. The open space is reserved for customers to write their own message to the troops to go on display. Notes can be anonymous if preferred. Writing a message is free, and they encourage everyone to come in and participate.
“It’s hard to get people to participate in the window,” said Lawrence. “I just wanted to do something different that would get people to participate… just to show how much gratitude we do have and show that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.”
While reflecting on the amount of veteran’s she knows in Logan, Lawrence empathized with the struggle they face when they come back home from service.
“They come home to no jobs. They have no clue what they’re going to do,” Lawrence said.
For Lawrence, the window is not only in honor of her son and all of the active troops, but also for those who never got the chance to return home.
“I’m grateful every day that my son is home,” Lawrence said. “I know that there are so many who weren’t afforded that opportunity.”