DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Dayton veterans are getting a special Valentine’s Day treat.

The annual “Valentines for Vets” was held Friday afternoon at the Dayton V-A Medical Center.

Volunteers from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base spend time talking with the retired vets and hand out valentines made by students from area schools.

“Every year it’s just a way to honor our veterans. They are our most important citizens, they’ve given a lot for our country and it’s the least we can do to say thank you,” said, Glenn Costie, Medical Center Director at the Dayton VA.

“It’s a great opportunity for our young airmen and civilians who work at Wight-Patterson Air Force Base to kind of meet the generation that came before them and pave the way for us that are serving today,” said Col. John Devillier, 88th Air Base Wing and Installation Commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The annual tradition started more than 30 years ago after a Dear Abby article asked readers to send valentines to veterans.