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Blue Angels to honor first responders with a Tampa flyover Saturday

It is part of a multi-city “America Strong” effort between the U.S. Navy and Air Force.

Tampa — The famed Blue Angels begin their national tour of flyovers this week to honor first responders and all essential personnel who are helping the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

Tampa will see the squadron’s F/A-18 Hornets in the sky on Saturday, according to city spokesperson Ashley Bauman.

It is part of a multi-city “America Strong” effort between the United States Navy and Air Force that will “recognize healthcare workers, first responders, and other essential personnel while standing in solidarity with all Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to a press release issued by the United States Department of Defense on April 24.

Bauman said the Blue Angels will also visit Jacksonville, Miami and Tallahassee on Saturday.

According to the Department of Defense’s press release, the demonstration team "will fly over areas of the country hardest hit by COVID-19.”

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