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Bob Lind, Published May 03 2010

Lind: Proud mom shares son’s encounter with Obama

Admittedly, this photo is old news. But for the record – and prior to Mother’s Day – Neighbors (which as always is backed up with items) wants to finally get it into print.

While all mothers are proud when their children do something special, how many moms have photos of their kids with someone as important as the people shown here?

The young man on the left is Trevor Ritland of Moorhead. You might recognize the speaker and those to his left: the Obamas.

The photo was taken by Trevor’s mother, Valerie Ritland. She had a front-row view of the president as he spoke, with her son happening to be placed near him.

The event occurred last July Fourth at the White House. The occasion: the honoring of 19 outstanding military personnel, selected by the Department of Defense, during a presidential salute to the military. Trevor was one of those 19.

Trevor is an officer in the Navy who has earned three Bronze Stars.

He and his brother Brad have been featured by The Forum before because of their military history; between them, they’ve racked up many honors.

But last July Fourth was a day of mixed emotions for Val. It was the day Trevor was honored by the president, but just a few days earlier, Brad, in the Army, left for Afghanistan for a year’s tour of duty.

For sure, though, both boys are making their mom (and dad Tim) mighty proud.


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