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Dayton Air Show holds special meaning for families of veterans

Photo by Dayton 24/7 Now

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF)--The CenterPoint Energy Dayton Air Show presented by Kroger is wrapping up a busy weekend. Thousands of families from near and far attended-and for many, it holds extra special meaning.

Mickey Fishman traveled with his family from Cincinnati to honor the legacy of his grandfather and tells me this family tradition has taught his sons to never take freedom for granted.

“ They know they understand what it means to fly the flag. What it means to love this country, what it means for what grandpa did for us. My grandfather was a WWII veteran, seventy-first infantry. It’s very meaningful to me, and I received his purple heart after his passing,” Fishman said.

Fishman tells me being at the Dayton Air Show reminds him of all of the sacrifices his grandfather made.

“I would put on his uniform and loved to pretend to be a soldier coming here is as close as I can get to that,” Fishman explained.

Today was nostalgic for Michael Robinson as well. He brought his family to the airshow all the way from Kentucky so they can understand more about his childhood and their grandfather, Chief Master Sergeant Maurice Mason, who is a retired air force veteran.

“As a kid, my father was a thunderbird, and we lived in mills air force base Nevada, so I’ve been to a lot of airshows as a kid. It's the history for me personally through my father’s service in the military but also to see the tricks and the excitement.”

While Robinson's 10-year-old daughter Jade was elated to tour all of the planes, she tells me it’s even more meaningful knowing her grandfather was once on the frontlines operating them.

“I think he did a very important part of the world, so he just was a very extraordinary person to do that, and he was willing to take his life to save America,” Jade Robinson said.