NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The spirit of freedom flew through the sky Monday afternoon along the South Carolina coast, giving people a reminder of why we celebrate the Fourth of July.
Hundreds of people were laying on the beach and swimming in the ocean for the holiday in Cherry Grove, and they all got a glimpse of the sacrifice others have made so they can have that freedom on this day during the "Salute from the Shore."
Two F-16s started the show of patriotism in Cherry Grove, zipping past the beach. A C-17 from Charleston then followed behind at a slower pace. Salute from the Shore organizers call it one of the biggest transport planes in the U.S. military.
Vintage planes also flew past the beaches, although organizers say only three of the eight vintage planes were able to be flown Monday due to mechanical issues.
Veterans on the Cherry Grove Pier say it's nice to see the spirit of the holiday being recognized.
"A lot of people out here on the beach, they don't know what the wars were and the veterans - what they went through, so I think it's real great they're still doing it," said Army veteran Johnny Morris.
The flyover ended in Bluffton. People along the route were encouraged to wave red, white and blue as the planes flew past them because they carried military members and veterans who could watch the spectators' support from the air.