There has been a fairly significant shift in American culture as a result of this coronavirus crisis, and even President Trump has taken notice.
Instead of focusing our attention on celebrities and athletes, Americans are now looking to our essential workers with a sense of pride and encouragement. These are the real heroes. These folks are the genuine article.
When the world shut down, they kept going, especially our healthcare workers who are at the very literal front lines of this war.
Now, the Commander in Chief is going to honor them in a big way.
President Donald Trump announced during the coronavirus task force briefing Wednesday that the Air Force’s Thunderbirds and the Navy’s Blue Angels would be performing flyovers across major American cities to honor “American medical workers.”
“I’m excited to announce that in the coming weeks, the Air Force Thunderbirds – are incredible – and the Navy Blue Angels, equally incredible, will be performing air shows over America’s major cities,” Trump said.
“What we’re doing is we’re paying tribute to our front line health care workers confronting COVID. And it’s really a signal to all Americans to remain vigilant during the outbreak. This is a tribute to them, to our warriors. Because they are equal warriors to those incredible pilots and all of the fighters that we have for the more traditional fights that we win and we win,” he added.
A great many US cities would be part of the show:
Trump did not specifically say which cities the Thunderbirds and the Blue Angels would be visiting, but a memo from the Pentagon said the Thunderbirds and Blue Angels would be flying over Washington, DC; Baltimore; Trenton, New Jersey, and Newark, New Jersey; Atlanta; Philadelphia; Dallas, Texas, Austin, Texas, and Houston, Texas.
The Pentagon budget would cover the cost of these impromptu airshows, which alleviated the concerns of some that perhaps this was a frivolous gesture that was taking money out of the hands of those who need it most.