America Strong Flyover Tribute to Health Workers, First Responders
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.
We salute the healthcare workers and first responders who are at the forefront of our nation’s fight against COVID-19. They are an inspiration for the entire country during these challenging times and it was an honor to fly for them today. #AmericaStrong #InThisTogether pic.twitter.com/yrB694lBaq
— Thunderbirds (@AFThunderbirds) May 2, 2020
Blue Angels and Thunderbirds flyover!! So cool!
— Stew Neifert (@sjneif) May 2, 2020
The sound of freedom – in honor of Responders. pic.twitter.com/dzg4dbiEi6
— Sam Olens (@samolens) May 2, 2020
— Greg Bluestein (@bluestein) May 2, 2020
— Katie Kirkpatrick (@KatieBizU) May 2, 2020
— Todd Rehm (@toddmr) May 2, 2020
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:
On the national mall covering the Blue angels and Thunderbird flyover and there are SOOO many people here. Not wearing masks. Not social distancing pic.twitter.com/w5c8R1mlQE
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) May 2, 2020
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.
Not a lot of social distancing happening on the National Mall right now ahead of the Blue Angels flyover.
Not sure this is exactly the best way to honor COVID workers but… pic.twitter.com/tanVB5c82d
— Justin McCarthy🌹🌅 (@jaymac1893) May 2, 2020
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