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Preps were underway Friday for the Memorial Day weekend Air & Sea show at Miami Beach.
The military pulled out all the stops to show the public where their tax dollars are going. The Air Force Drill team was at the Coast Guard Station at Opa-locka using their rifles to perfection. Over on South Beach the Army Golden Knights were floating down from the sky.
Saturday and Sunday the Air and Sea show will feature equipment from the sea, and planes racing across the sky. The Navy’s demonstration team – the Blue Angels – will perform, so will a list of other U.S. Air Force and Marine aircraft.
A P-51 Mustang will highlight the accomplishments of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black fighter pilots during World War II. The weekend honoring military service is the brain child of Mickey Markoff, the show’s executive producer.
“The Hyundai Air and Sea show is all about saying thanks to the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, and we really need to bring back the true spirit of what Memorial day is all about,” Markoff said.
“I am very proud of the work that they do every day. Here in the 7th Coast Guard District we save over a thousand lives per year. Seize tons of illegal drugs,” Coast Guard Rear Admiral Peter Brown said. “We stop illegal migration and stop criminals from coming in across our borders at sea.”
Also on Friday, more than 100 high schools student signed up for all branches of the military and took the oath.
“When we see these young men and women swearing in, we see the future as bright and know they know what it means to protect our country. So it’s a great weekend for all of us,” said Miami-Dade Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz.
For details on the Air and Sea show, click here.