Tennesseans showed up in large numbers at the “Great Tennessee Air Show” at the Smyrna Airway to see the Blue Angels take the sky this weekend.
The crowd gave a roaring shout when the Blue Angels started their boisterous engines up and took off. Once the Angels were in the air people were amazed at the deafening aerial displays being put on by these pilots.
Honoring the military was a common theme throughout the airshow. Mission BBQ, one of the vendors at the airshow, has a noon tradition of stopping everything while its workers say the national anthem every single day.
“Our two founders wanted to come up with an organization that thanked our first responders and military. Our mission is to serve and thank those who protected our country,” Chellie Leetz, an operating partner of Mission BBQ in Murfreesboro, said.
Nowadays as a veteran, he sees flying around Tennessee as therapeutic.
“I love being here, I love being in Tennessee. We are hopefully going to continue having this airplane fly a long time,” he said.
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Zachery Schmidt is the digital editor of Battleground State News.