WATCH: Minnesota National Guard conduct flyovers at 28 hospitals Wednesday morning
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The Minnesota National Guard conducted statewide flyovers in recognition and appreciation of those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic response.
The National Guard said Monday that the flyovers are part of a nationwide effort to recognize health care workers, emergency responders, food industry and other essential workers throughout the state that have done their part to keep the state functioning during the 'stay at home' order.
The flight path reached Brainerd, Coon Rapids, Fridley, Little Falls, Minneapolis, Monticello, Hastings, Robbinsdale, Rochester, Saint Cloud, Saint Louis Park, Saint Paul, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, and Woodbury, the National Guard said, and they flew near local medical facilities in each community. Other communities will be flown over in future showings later in the month, the National Guard said.
"Our Guardsmen live and work in these cities. The Minnesota National Guard has units and facilities in 58 communities throughout the state. They have always supported us, this is a small way we can show that we support them too," said Colonel Christopher Blomquist, 148th Fighter Wing Commander. "Thank you for your service."
The National Guard said the flyovers are also a good way to train crew members, who have to fly regularly to maintain their proficiency.
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In the case of bad weather or limited airspace availability, the schedule could be changed.
More information about the flyover can be found in the graphics below: