Salute from the Shore, a 501©3 organization, was founded in 2010 by patriotic South Carolinians to honor our armed forces on Independence Day. Every year on July Fourth, hundreds of thousands of people gather on the beaches of South Carolina in patriotic attire to wave the red, white and blue and to demonstrate their gratitude to America’s finest for their bravery and commitment to protecting our freedom.
The focal point of the Salute from the Shore has traditionally been highlighted with a flyover of military aircraft and has evolved to include patriotic volunteer pilots of privately owned vintage military aircraft with veterans and active duty military aboard.
This year, Salute from the Shore is proud to announce that the annual tribute will continue with a flyover of vintage military aircraft and F-16s from the South Carolina Air National Guard’s 169th Fighter Wing at McEntire Joint National Guard Base.
Participants on the beaches are strongly urged to organize patriotic displays in groups big and small and to share their tributes online for our armed forces around the world to see.
The Flyover will commence at 1:00 PM in Cherry Grove and conclude over the May River Sandbar in Bluffton, SC around 1:30 PM.
The vintage military aircraft will be visible over South Carolina’s beaches shortly after the F-16s. Please refer to the website for exact timing as various factors including wind speed and aircraft type will determine when the vintage aircraft arrive at different locations along the coast. Vintage military aircraft will fly armed forces and veterans who are able to view Salutes on the beach from the air.
Salute from the Shore urges visitors to “Salute” by wearing and waving red, white and blue on the beaches during the flyover. Salute from the Shore also encourages participants to share their stories about why they love America and those that protect it by posting their own video and images of the event on social networks to be seen by American Armed Forces deployed throughout the world.
Corporations, businesses, foundations and individuals, including SCE&G, PGBA, BGA-Viation, First Citizens Bank, Colliers International, Ocean Lakes Campground, Doctors Care, Currie & Co., Eastern Aviation Fuels, Collum’s Lumber Products, Green’s, Nelson Mullins and Waccamaw Land & Timber and many others have stepped up to provide financial support to assist the owners of the vintage aircraft with their expenses and to provide funding for video and promotion. Others interested in supporting this initiative are encouraged to contact the organizers or donate online at www.salutefromtheshore.org.
Salute from the Shore provides a special opportunity for South Carolina beachgoers to Salute our military through video and images on the 4th of July. Our mission is to organize, promote, record and distribute this tribute for the benefit of American’s military family at home and abroad. For more information or to view last year’s Salute, please visit www.salutefromtheshore.org.