PARKLAND, FL – The U.S. Navy Blue Angels darted across the sky over Coral Springs and Parkland on Friday, as onlookers cheered and clicked their cameras to catch a glimpse of the six F/A-18 Hornet aircrafts making their pursuit over South Florida in honor of front-time workers during the coronavirus.

At Broward Health Coral Springs, dozens of healthcare workers dressed in scrubs clapped as the jets went by just west of the hospital.

“Here they come, here they come,” one woman said, screaming and waving as the planes appeared in the distance.

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More than a hundred people also waited for the flyover by the Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Many crowded around the school as deputies directed traffic and watched over.

Watching at Pine Trails Park in Parkland with her children, Jennifer Santiago, a nurse at Memorial Regional hospital, said she was humbled by the flyover and everyone who came to see it.

“We as healthcare workers put our lives on the line on a daily basis each and every time we step into the hospital, we are at risk. It was very touching, and I am thankful that the community and country are coming together to recognize us for what we do for our patients and our community,” she said.

The flyover was part of “Operation America Strong,” a national tour intended to support the work of healthcare and essential workers.

During a 25-minute flight over South Florida, the planes started at Boca Raton at 1 p.m., then headed south to Fort Lauderdale and Miami and eventually reached Homestead. They then turned north over the western sections of South Florida toward Coral Springs and Parkland.

 

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