A display of America’s military might mingles this weekend with reflection on a dark day in America’s history.
This weekend, a spectacular air show will be held in Lincoln, ending on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of 9-11.
“I think it is incredibly important that we are conducting the Guardians of Freedom Airshow on the 10th anniversary of the attacks of 9-11,” says Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons.
Lyons says the National Guard on Sunday will commemorate the call service men and women of the Guard have answered the past ten years.
“I think it will be poignant and fitting that we honor their service and their sacrifice that they made in defense of our freedoms and liberties since the terrorist attacks on 9-11,” according to Lyons.
The Guardians of Freedom Airshow will feature the Navy Blue Angels, plus displays of a number of aircraft. It is expected to attract as many as 300,000 people to the Lincoln Airport.
Navy Rear Admiral Douglas McAneny, Commandant of the National War College, says it’s appropriate to conclude the air show on such a somber day.
“There have been a number of soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines that call Nebraska home killed in action over the course of those ten years,” McAneny says. “I think it’s been a worthy struggle. It’s clearly a better situation today in Iraq than when we arrived there in 2003.”
McAneny says he is encouraged by the progress being made in Afghanistan.