DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – There are scores of thousands of miles that separate U. S. families from their military members for long periods of time, but here in the Miami Valley, one school wanted to show its appreciation for that sacrifice.
Ricky Youngblood is in the Air Force, stationed at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. Leaving for deployment and missing the sports activities of his son Quentin is going to be tough.
“I am deploying in the morning, I will be gone for about seven months. I will miss my little football star”, he says. His is just one of the stories that prompted the staff at Beavercreek’s Trebein Elementary School to host activities celebrating the military Tuesday.
It is Purple Luncheon Day at Trebein, set aside for active and retired military parents.
They were invited to come to the school and have lunch as a way for the children to show their pride as well.
Second grader Quentin supports that when he says, “because he fights for my freedom”, referring to his dad and his appreciation for what he does.