Mil­i­tary plans re­gional Sa­lute to Amer­ica fly­over to cel­e­brate July Fourth

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD -

The Depart­ment of De­fense is set to fly over the Bal­ti­more re­gion on the Fourth of July to help cel­e­brate the na­tion’s 244th birth­day. U.S. Sec­re­tary of De­fense Mark Esper ap­proved the request from the Depart­ment of Interior to in­volve about 1,700 mil­i­tary mem­bers to help sup­port the cel­e­bra­tions, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease is­sued Fri­day. The depart­ment said Bal­ti­more, Bos­ton, New York City and Philadel­phia were cho­sen be­cause of their roles in the Amer­i­can Revo­lu­tion. The Sa­lute to Amer­ica fly­over will start in Bos­ton, in­clude the Mount Rush­more Na­tional Mon­u­ment and con­clude in Washington, D.C. The tim­ing is still be­ing de­ter­mined, the depart­ment said. “The fly­overs pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for DOD to demon­strate the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of the United States Armed Forces,” the depart­ment said in a re­lease. “Fly­ing hours are a sunk cost for the Depart­ment of De­fense, and these air­craft and crews would be us­ing these hours for pro­fi­ciency and train­ing at other lo­ca­tions if they were not con­duct­ing these fly­overs.”

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