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September 18, 2020

Aerial tribute to honor first responders, essential workers in Monterey County

Smoke hearts to fill sky above Mee Memorial on Saturday at 3 p.m.

MONTEREY COUNTY — King City and Salinas area residents should turn their eyes skyward Saturday afternoon to witness an aerial tribute to those who have given to their community during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Lightning Formation Airshows, with support from Watsonville Airport and in conjunction with the California International Airshow Salinas, will fly over the region and draw commemorative hearts over selected hospitals along the route.

In King City, the estimated time for the smoke hearts above Mee Memorial Hospital is 3 p.m. In Salinas, the flyover will take place at 3:20 p.m. at Natividad Medical Center and Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

Other sites include Dominican Hospital in Santa Cruz at 1 p.m., Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula in Monterey at 3:30 p.m., and Watsonville Community Hospital in Watsonville at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s aerial tribute is meant to show thanks and recognize hospital staff, firefighters, law enforcement and paramedics, as well as farmworkers and all other essential employees.

“We also share our compassion with those in our community with loved ones who are sick or have been tragically lost to this disease,” said Mercedes Eulitt, Lightning Formation Airshows wingman and Watsonville resident.

Lightning Formation Airshows is a professional airshow team comprised of eight pilots and planes flying in close formation. They will feature aerial smoke to make them highly visible as they overfly select locations and circle over the hospitals.

“While the airshow was disappointed to have to cancel our 40th Anniversary show on June 5, 6 and 7 due to Covid-19, we are proud to support Lightning Formation Airshows as they fly over local hospitals and surrounding areas on Saturday,” said Karen Curtis, president of the California International Airshow Board of Directors.


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