FAIRFIELD — Travis Air Force Base airmen gave the Cordelia/Tri Valley Little League a special gift Saturday.
Col. Dwight Sones and Lt. Col. Daniel DeVoe presented an American flag that was flown on two missions over Afghanistan to players during the league’s opening day ceremony. The flag was flown Feb. 9 on a KC-10 Extender over Afghanistan and a second time, Feb. 10, on a Lockheed U-2 over Afghanistan.
The flag replaces the former American flag, which was a gift from Little League parents who flew it on a mission over Afghanistan. The old flag burned Jan. 3 in a fire at the league’s snack shack.
Parents Jason Smullen and Mitch Peixoto said the ceremony was impressive to watch. Smullen said it gave him chills.
“It’s great that these big military guys came out,” Peixoto said. “It’s good to get them involved in the league.”
Little League families, such as the Troutt family, were touched to see such great community support after the fire damaged most of their equipment and the snack shack.
Heather Troutt couldn’t make it to the flag ceremony but said she was moved nonetheless by the patriotic act of the Travis Air Force Base airmen.
“It’s incredibly special after everything we’ve been through,” she said. “Nothing’s going to get this league down. It’s just great.”
Reach Heather Ah San at 427-6977 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HeatherMalia.