America Strong Flyover Tribute to Health Workers, First Responders

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The Navy’s Blue Angels, and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds paid tribute to pandemic workers in a weekend flyover called America Strong. The precision flying teams took off from Fort McHenry at around 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, flying over Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC, then on to Atlanta.

The “America Strong” squadron flew over hospitals, and neighborhoods as a tribue to the hospital workers, first responders, those who have been on the front lines fighting the pandemic. Of course, as usual, there wer detractors who missed the moment by complaining about the crowds who watched the display.

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan told people, “Residents should observe the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should refrain from traveling to see the flyover. Social distancing should be practiced at all times. Stay home and stay safe.”

Police were placed at the Jackson Street Bridge in Atlanta to “direct traffic and conduct crowd control.”

But the complaints were also visible:

A response to that tweet might be ‘bite me.’  The “America Strong” flying squadron was the sight of freedom, the sound of liberty. Wherever either of the teams fly, people are bound to gather. No amount of bitching by governors or onlookers would stop them. And from the picture by that reporter, it appears as though the crowds WERE “social distancing.”

The National Park Service begged to differ from the reporter, according to Fox:

“A spokesperson for the National Parks Service told Fox 5 DC that crowds were ‘generally well-spaced’ during the flyover.

Instagram user jewoodhouse shared a photo captioned ‘Lots of masks, good social distancing, sunshine, and planes.'”

Other views of the National Mall showed that it was very crowded, but then some of the people would complain about anything patriotic.

The Navy’s Blue Angels made another flyover last Tuesday to New York City, Philadelphia and northern New Jersey. It was a respite for people to see something special. Frankly, the naysayers can stay in their hovel and self-isolate. The rest of us, we’ll take a patriotic display anytime, crowds or no crowds.

“Constant complant is the poorest sort of pay for all the comforts we enjoy.” Benjamin Franklin

 

Featured photo: screenshot via Twitter

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