For over 244 years America has been the World’s beacon of freedom, hope and inspiration, especially during the most challenging of times. Today, we have one of these challenging times with the COVID-19 pandemic. The resilience of the American people will once again overcome and shine brightly.
America’s resilience is best exemplified by our Healthcare Heroes fighting in the trenches at the front lines to overcome the evil COVID-19 enemy.
ALL OF AMERICA IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN AMERICA’S OPERATION THANK YOU, THE RELAY IN THE SKY, A RELAY OF AIRCRAFT FLYING ACROSS AMERICA VISITING ALL 50 STATES TO HONOR AND THANK HEALTHCARE HEROES AND FIRST RESPONDERS.
As part of America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, a special Spirit of Liberty Torch has been created with America’s colors – red, white and blue and a representation of the famous flame from the Statue of Liberty’s torch. America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, will fly the Spirit of Liberty Torch and Love Healthcare Heroes Flag across America in an unprecedented Relay of aircraft supported at the highest levels of America’s Aircraft Industry including the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), Commemorative Air Force (CAF), Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) with a combined membership of nearly 700,000.
Each organization is inviting their members to participate by making short flights between cities across America. The leading FBOs are also participating. They will hand the America’s Spirit of Liberty Torch and the Love Healthcare Heroes Flag to the next pilot to carry on the next leg of the Relay to honor and support our heroes. Additionally, the major FBO’s including Signature Flight and Atlantic Aviation are participating. Most importantly, also participating is the American Hospital Association (AHA) which has over 5,000 member hospitals and hundreds of thousands Doctors, Nurses, Medical Staff and Administrators who are supporting this and participating in this greatly needed effort.
As each America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, flight completes its leg, landing in communities across America, Healthcare Heroes – Doctors, Nurses, Care Givers, First Responders and Community Dignitaries will be at the airport to participate in the America’s Operation Thank You Ceremony to thank these “Hometown Heroes.” They will each be presented a Love Healthcare Heroes Flag to be flown in their community and will hold the Spirit of Liberty Torch for the media to capture the moment to honor them.
Each stop and ceremony will be held at the leading premier FBO’s at the airport and not the public areas for commercial airlines. At the completion of each Ceremony, the Spirit of Liberty Torch and Love Healthcare Heroes Flag will be passed to the next pilot to continue the Relay to the next city. America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, will visit all 50 States
Proclamations of Support from the Governors and their State Flags will be presented at Relay stops. Additionally, local Mayors and Dignitaries will be invited to provide similar proclamations to be carried across America. Both Governors and Mayors will be encouraged to designate the day or week when America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, visits their State and/or City as “Healthcare Heroes Day”.
THE AMERICA’S OPERATION THANK YOU, THE RELAY IN THE SKY, WILL BEGIN SEPTEMBER 23 AND THE CLOSING CEREMONY WILL BE ON OCTOBER 30 AT THE U.S. CAPITOL IN WASHINGTON D.C. OVER 100 HEALTHCARE HEROES AND FIRST RESPONDERS WILL CARRY THE SPIRIT OF LIBERTY TORCH, LOVE HEALTHCARE HEROES FLAG AND AMERICA’S FLAG – A DRAMATIC GIANT 15’X 35” FLAG WITH ALL 50 STATE FLAGS SEWN TOGETHER TO BE CARRIED FROM THE U.S. CAPITOL DOWN THE NATIONAL MALL TO THE THE WHITE HOUSE WHERE AMERICA’S HEALTHCARE HEROES AND FIRST RESPONDERS WILL BE HONORED.
America’s Operation Thank You, The Relay In The Sky, will be the equivalent of a modern-day Ticker Tape Parade across America that occurred at the end of World War II to honor our Armed Forces. Today, it will be a modern-day version to honor today’s Heroes … our Healthcare Professionals and First Responders who are valiantly fighting in the trenches to combat the silent, evil COVID-19 enemy.
Corporate America and other Patriotic organizations, including Associations and Labor Unions, will be invited to participate to make a greatly needed and powerful statement of support to honor and thank America’s Healthcare Heroes and First Responders!
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Mr. Matthew A. Johnston has over 23 years of experience serving various roles in education and is currently serving as the President of California Aeronautical University. He maintains memberships and is a supporting participant with several aviation promoting and advocacy associations including University Aviation Association (UAA), Regional Airline Association (RAA), AOPA, NBAA, and EAA with the Young Eagles program. He is proud of his collaboration with airlines, aviation businesses and individual aviation professionals who are working with him to develop California Aeronautical University as a leader in educating aviation professionals.