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"Kids serve too:" Community thanks children of military families for their service

Each kid at Sunday's "Kids Serve Too" event got a family fun day at the Creative Discovery Museum. The sons and daughters of America's bravest had pizza and drinks, as well as the whole museum to themselves for hours. (image WTVC)

Most would agree every man and woman who serve in the military deserve a thank you. Sunday afternoon, the children of active duty military members were thanked for their service too.

Service families typically move to a new community every two or three. That means their kids have to make new friends and attend new schools, as well as give up their mom or dad for months or years at a time because of deployment. Its because of those sacrifices that the Chattanooga chapter of the American Red Cross and the Creative Discovery Museum wanted to honor them.

Joey Tanner is the commanding officer at Chattanooga's Naval Operational Support Center.

"We're here to honor and give back to military kids that give so much to military families," he said. His three boys have lived a different life than other kids in their classrooms. "They haven't lived anywhere more than three years each. So my 5-year old has lived in three states."

That's why each kid at Sunday's "Kids Serve Too" event got a family fun day at the museum. The sons and daughters of America's bravest had pizza and drinks, as well as the whole museum to themselves for hours.

Commander Tanner presented each child these a coin as a thank you.

"In the military, we give coins," he said. "When we give a coin, it's a senior officer's way of telling someone I'm proud of you."

Though it's the men and women who serve, people at the event say it's the little guys and girls who have the hardest job.

"I want to let you know I'm proud of you," said Commander Tanner to a room full of kids.

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