Salute from the Shore IV will “fly anyway” again this year despite the unfortunate impact of Federal “Sequestration” budget cuts. Sequestration has forced the Military to abandon ALL air shows and flyovers across the country until further notice. We all wish the F-16s, operated by the amazing members of the 20th Air Wing at Shaw AFB, could again fly the South Carolina coast, but we also understand completely their duty to the defense of our country in lean budgetary times.
Undeterred and with the blessing of our friends from the Air Force, Salute from the Shore has partnered with owners of Vintage military aircraft who will fly an air parade along the SC coast. Barry Avent, a businessman and vintage aircraft pilot from Bennettsville, SC led a flight of three vintage aircraft last year and has stepped up to organize a much larger flight this year.
Salute from the Shore urges visitors to salute by wearing red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. Salute from the Shore also encourages participants to tell their personal stories about why they love America and those that protect it 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.
Corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals, including First Citizens Bank, Colliers International and the Jackson Companies, have stepped up to provide financial support to assist the owners of the vintage aircraft with their expenses and to provide funding for the video. Others interested in supporting this initiative are encouraged to contact the organizers at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
Once complete, Salute from the Shore will edit the footage into a video tribute to our Armed Forces. For more information or to view last year’s Salute, please visit the website or find Salute from the Shore on Facebook.