Unique military tribute that’s turning heads

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — One man’s special tribute to his soldier son had a new look this Memorial Day.

Every year on Memorial Day, James White makes the drive to visit his son, J.P. He’s buried at the Dayton National Cemetery.

“It’s easier to get through days but a lot of things bring back memories,” James White says. “Still shed tears here and there.”

J.P. was killed in Afghanistan in 2006.

When his father wanted to pay tribute to him, he decided on a memorial that’s moving in more ways than one…a car

“It’s awesome to drive around all the time,” James says.

The car is one J.P. drove. Painted on the hood is a picture of him.

Around the car are the names of all the Ohioans killed fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“There’s definitely a family connected with each one of them and it’s hard to imagine,” says Mike Mayabb, who worked on the car.

The car didn’t make the trip to the cemetery last year because it was in the shop. More names had to be added for those killed since the car was first painted.

“It’s an honor to be part of that rolling tribute and these people made the ultimate sacrifice,” Mayabb says.

The car is now covered with about 220 names. Each one takes up just a small space on the car, but a major space in people’s hearts.

“It’s devastating to think about how many people that is,” James says.

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