(Le Mars) -- This time of year we all have many things for which we are thankful, but for Melissa Lehmann, a first grade teacher at Gehlen Catholic School, she no doubt is thankful to see her brother. Her brother is Captain Andy Sohm of the United States Air Force. Sohm is a priest and serves as a chaplain for his unit stationed in New Mexico. Sohm made an unannounced visit to Le Mars and offered the morning message for Gehlen students during their mass. Sohm told the student body to "keep the faith".
Lehmann says she had no idea that her brother was able to get leave for Thanksgiving, and she was surprised to see her brother dressed in his fatigues, walk down the aisle in church on Tuesday morning.
Sohm says he is amazed at how prayer serves as an important role in the military for official ceremonies.
Sohm and his sister admit that Thanksgiving has always been a special occasion for their family, and Lehmann tells of how this Thanksgiving will be observed.
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