Jets fly length of SC coast to honor America

(Photo: Nicole Johnson)
(Photo: Nicole Johnson)

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The sounds of freedom rang out along the South Carolina coast and the flags flew proudly this Independence Day. For those who enjoyed the fourth at the beach, it was a unique salute to our armed services.

People wore our nation's colors, got their cameras ready and watched as four Air Force F-16 jets roared past people at the "Edge of America."

"It was really cool and stuff," Reese Baker said.

"My grandparents told us about it and we wanted to see it and add to our 4th of July celebration," Savannah Baker said.

The Baker family is visiting Folly Beach from Kansas, and they say sporting the red, white and blue and watching the flyover is a great way to honor our service men and women, including their father.

"I respect him very much and I'm honored to have him as a dad," Savannah Baker said.

Starting in Myrtle Beach past Charleston Area beaches and down to Hilton Head, the military flyover was a quick 15 minutes, but for those who saw it, a moment they won't forget.

"It means freedom and liberty," Joe Scott said.

"It was great. I loved seeing everyone around us so happy," Mani Shami said.

"I'll definitely remember this Fourth of July because there are so many people here and they all came out to celebrate it. Everyone's happy and having a great time celebrating America," Haley Beltzhoover said.

Anyone who saw the event and took pictures is asked to share their experiences on social media websites like Facebook or Twitter to be seen by our military stationed around the world.

The jets were from the 77th fighter squadron stationed at Shaw Air Force Base. The non-profit "Salute from the Shore" organization sponsors the annual event.

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