Salute from the Shore III was a huge success this year! We can’t thank the 79th Fighter Squadron from Shaw Air Force Base enough for their support. We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many people who help make this event possible, including the Town of Pawleys Island as well as our many sponsors, including Piggly Wiggly, First Citizens Bank, Southeastern Freight and PGBA among many others.
We also would like to than Barry Avent and the volunteers who flew vintage World War II aircraft carrying veterans. This new element added a great deal to the experience for everyone, and we appreciate your participation!
See below for some wonderful news coverage of the event. We’ll add more in the weeks to come, concluding with the final Salute from the Shore III video tribute.
“Salute from the Shore III” military flyover of the South Carolina coast to be flown July 4th by last armed forces to leave Iraq!
This July 4th, beachgoers along the South Carolina coast will once again experience an exciting and memorable way to honor our Armed Forces and their families who protect the freedom we celebrate on this patriotic American holiday during Salute from the Shore III.
Beginning in Little River at 1:00 pm, F-16s of the 79th Fighter Squadron “The Flying Tigers” of the 20th Fighter Wing stationed at Shaw Air Force Base will conduct a flyover of the SC coast. The flight will cover every beach on the SC coast before concluding south of Hilton Head Island at about 1:30 pm. The event presents a unique opportunity for patriotic Americans to connect with each other up and down the coast on the July 4.
We are especially honored to have the ‘Flying Tigers’ flying the mission this year. These pilots were the very last U.S. armed forces to leave Iraq. They flew air support while ground forces literally closed the gate on their way home. We are honored by their participation. Salute from the Shore is sponsoring the event with the assistance of the Town of Pawleys Island for the third consecutive year.
For Salute from the Shore III, organizers are excited to announce that a 5th F-16 will accompany the flyover. This aircraft will have a photographer who will record the flyover from above. In addition, the group is honored to announce the addition of an aerial parade, including vintage military aircraft that will follow the F-16s from Myrtle Beach to Folly Beach. This special procession is being piloted by private aircraft owners who will host military veterans aboard their aircraft. These planes are much slower than the jets, so participants are requested to be patient while waiting for these special aircraft.
Salute from the Shore urges visitors to offer their own individual salute by wearing red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. The organization also encourages participants to tell their personal stories about why they love America by shooting their own video and images of the event for sharing on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world.
People who “like” Salute from the Shore on Facebook (www.facebook.com/SalutefromtheShore) can upload photos directly. They are also encouraged to follow on Twitter (@saluteshore) and to use the hashtag #saluteshore on tweets and photo uploads. More information is available at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
Once complete, Salute from the Shore will edit the footage into a video tribute to our Armed Forces. Last year’s Salute can be viewed at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
The Salute from the Shore flyover can be seen at approximately the following times along the South Carolina coast:
North Myrtle Beach 1:01 PM
Surfside 1:05 PM
Pawley’s Island 1:08 PM
Isle of Palms 1:18 PM
Folly Beach 1:20 PM
Edisto Island 1:25 PM
Hilton Head Island 1:29 PM
We are proud and honored to share the final video from Salute from the Shore II! We are so grateful to the 77th Fighter Squadron, 20th Fighter Wing from Shaw Air Force Base as well as all our partners and sponsors who helped make the event such a huge success.
Salute from the Shore II was an amazing day and we are truly humbled by the number of people who came to the beaches to honor our armed forces on Independence Day. We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support for this patriotic tribute, and have received an incredible amount of pictures, videos and stories from people who were able to participate.
Thanks to everyone who was a part of Salute from the Shore II, and many thanks especially to the 77th Fighter Squadron “The Gamblers,” Town of Pawley’s Island, PGBA and all of the wonderful people and sponsors who helped make Salute from the Shore II such a memorable experience.
We sincerely regret that a safety concern prevented the Flyover from reaching Hilton Head. The FAA was included in the planning process as were the incredible professional aviators from the 20th Fighter Wing, but the airspace was not clear enough to allow a safe flyover. We are already working to see how this can be avoided next year, and we hope the patriotic people of Hilton Head will be able to take part in this wonderful event next year.
We are hard at work on our official video tribute and plan to release it in August. We are excited by all of the footage and can’t wait to share this with everyone around the world!
We will also announce a winner of the Salute from the Shore Best Beach Display Contest very soon, so stay tuned!
To our armed forces and their families around the world, we thank you for your service and are honored by your sacrifice. It is because of you that we are able to salute you from the very shores you work to protect!
Many thanks to the 77th Fighter Squadron “The Gamblers” of the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base, some of whom are currently deployed overseas. We dedicate this Salute to you and your families!
Please post your stories, pictures and videos here!
Also, become a fan of our page and follow Salute from the Shore II!
Tomorrow at 1:00 pm, FOUR F-16 “Vipers” from the 77th Fighter Squadron “The Gamblers” of the 20th Fighter Wing based at Shaw AFB will fly over the entire South Carolina coast. We will capture as much footage of the flyover as possible from the air and from the ground for inclusion in a video that will be posted for all to see.
WHEN IS THE SALUTE FROM THE SHORE ? The Flyover starts July 4th at 1:00 PM.
WHERE IS THE SALUTE? The Salute will be visible from every beach in South Carolina. It will start at the NC state line at 1:00 and fly south, ending at Hilton Head Island at 1:20. However, be sure to arrive early to prepare your Salute so we can capture you on video from the Air! Helicopters will be filming certain areas starting as early as noon.
The VFW post on Isle of Palms will also feature a videographer on the ground who will video “Salutes.”
Got to the “How to Salute” page on our website for details on how to Salute from the Shore!
Remember, this is all about honoring our armed forces, and we want them to hear from you and see pictures and video of YOUR Salute to our armed forces on Independence Day.
The 2010 Salute from the Shore was a resounding success witnessed by hundreds of thousands of people. The outpouring of support for our armed forces was truly special, as you can see. We would like to thank all those who participated, and especially the volunteer pilots and crew who flew the mission from Charleston Air Force Base.
Please check back often for updates as July 4, 2011 approaches!
At 2 PM on the Fourth of July, a huge C-17 will fly low over the entire SC Coast. Salute America and the people who make it great by joining us on the beach in a special tribute to our Armed Forces.
We’ve been hearing inspiring stories from people up and down the coast about how special this event is to them. Tell us what you think by posting comments and sending us pictures or videos.
Congratulations to the South Carolina Gamecocks on their National Championship We are proud to have South Carolina represented in such a positive way by Ray Tanner’s Team.
Their win was as inspiring as it was satisfying to many in South Carolina. We are proud of the Gamecocks for bringing home the championship for our national sport. What could be more American than that? The Fourth of July!
Help us celebrate our nation’s Independence Day on the 4th by saluting our troops from the beaches of South Carolina.