Crowds Flock To National Mall For Blue Angels & Thunderbirds Flyover
(CNN) — Scores of people descended upon the National Mall on Saturday as the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the Air Force’s Thunderbirds performed a flyover to honor first responders on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The nation’s capital is under a stay-at-home order to slow down the spread of the virus but that didn’t stop crowds from gathering between the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument.
Neither the requests from the Blue Angels and the District of Columbia’s Homeland Security and Emergency Management office for people to refrain from leaving their homes to see the flyover.
“Residents in D.C. will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home & should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this flyover,” the emergency management office tweeted. “Please refrain from traveling to landmarks, the National Mall, hospitals & gathering in lg. groups to view flyovers.”
CNN has reached out to D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office and the military organizers for comment.
The Blue Angels and Thunderbirds conducted formation flights over Washington, Baltimore and Atlanta on Saturday.
They are the U.S. military’s flight demonstration squadrons, and this is the second joint flyover mission being conducted to salute the health care workers, first responders, military and other essential workers risking their lives during this pandemic.
The first joint flight was conducted on Tuesday across New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. The joint operation is part of a series of multi-city flyovers being conducted over the next two weeks.
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