Avondale School District Honors Service Men and Women During Special Football Game

Team marks anniversary of 9/11 attacks with tribute to those who serve

On Friday, September 11, the Avondale High School Athletic Department paid tribute to the men and women who serve our country as members of the United States Army, Marine Corp, Air Force and Navy. The Avondale Yellow Jackets Varsity football team celebrated a special night of military appreciation for the sacrifices made by these men and women and their families.

Auburn Hills Color Guard

Auburn Hills Color Guard

Each player and coach dedicated their game performance to honor a member of their family who has served or is currently serving. Dedications were read throughout the night and the Avondale Marching Band played a themed play list in observance of the evening. Members of the Marine Corp, the Army, and the Auburn Hills Color Guard were on hand to commemorate the solemn occasion as well. This is the fifth time in eight years the District has staged this type of event, this year coordinated by Auburn Hills Police Lieutenant Ryan Gagnon and Avondale Football Coach Steve Deutsch.

During a special introduction to the evening, Avondale announcer, Tom Schramski shared with the crowd the importance of always remembering the sacrifices of our military personnel especially on the anniversary of the attack on America that began with the bombings of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. “There are many students in the building now who were not even born when the tragic and horrific events of 9/11 unfolded before our eyes. And for the vast majority of students, this day is a piece of history – relegated to lessons, personal reflections, and TV documentaries.  But for all of the adults here tonight, 9/11 is not history – it is an ongoing piece of the fabric of our American soul – a day that changed our country forever.”

Deutsch, who has been with the District for 31 years has a very personal reason for wanting to honor military service personnel. He coached Friday’s game in tribute to his father-in-law Richard Brewer and his father Bela Deutsch.  Brewer is a retired Avondale School District teacher and football coach and a Vietnam Veteran who served as an Operation Sergeant. Bela Deutsch was a Holocaust survivor who lost both of his parents and was forced to live in a camp until he was saved by the Soviet Forces and liberated by the U.S. Army.

Brought to the United States where he learned to speak English and became a citizen, Bela Deutsch never forgot that the U.S. Army saved him as a child. “It’s why he joined the army,” said Coach Deutsch, “he served in the Korean War.  He always talked about the U.S. military and how without them he would have never survived.  In turn, I wouldn’t be here and neither would my son. That’s why we want to honor and thank the members of the armed services – they protect and defend us and ensure our freedoms.”

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