METHUEN — As part of our five-year celebration at 13 Branch St., Methuen Community Television recently partnered with New England Caring for Our Military to send greetings to local soldiers serving overseas.

Relatives of soldiers, local politicians, a Scout troop, interested citizens and MCTV volunteers joined forces to record messages to support and thank our troops. Each person could share whatever sentiments they wished.

Sue Foster, activity coordinator at the Methuen Senior Center, said in her message: “You all stand with courage while defending the rights of America. You all stand so bravely while regaining peace in our foreign lands. You are truly all our heroes.”

Some of the people who participated were veterans who know how important the contact is to someone so far from home. Resident Al Grant, an Army veteran, told the soldiers: “You still have the same job of protecting our freedom. You are doing a great job helping people in Iraq and other places get their freedom. We appreciate that because that’s the foundation for everything that’s good about this country.”

State Rep. Linda Dean Campbell and her husband Donald met in the military. He had this to say: “You’ve done everything that’s been asked of you and more — and done it repeatedly. So, what I want you to know is that everyone is behind you.”

In recognition of this effort and the other services MCTV has provided to Methuen over the last five years, state Rep. Campbell presented Executive Director Karen Hayden with a citation. The document recognizes “five years of invaluable, irreplaceable and excellent television coverage you provide for the citizens of Methuen.”

The resulting 21-minute video was mastered onto DVD and placed into care packages by Jim Wareing of NE Caring for Our Military. “Hearing from home is very important to our soldiers,” he said.

Residents of Methuen 16 and older can sign up as MCTV members and take training classes in studio and field production absolutely free. A schedule has been posted on our Web site, For more information, contact Michelle at 978-689-8627.