“We lost close to 3,000 Americans and here we are, 19 years later, doesn’t seem that long ago,” said Dave Schmitz, who participated in the tribute by flying in a Vietnam-era UH-1 Huey helicopter. “It’s one of those days we’re going to remember and try to pay respects to those Americans that were killed that day.”
The flyover included nine vintage aircraft, including World War II planes, a jet and a helicopter.
“It’s important for us to do that. We need to honor those who sacrificed,” said Jerry Kyser, spokesperson for the flyover.
Kyser said many of the people involved in the flyover were also veterans, from various veteran military aviation groups, including Honor Flight Twin Cities, the Minnesota Vietnam Veterans Charity and the T-6 Thunder Pilots Association.
Kyser said they chose Fort Snelling National Cemetery for the…