Stuart Air Show dazzles crowd and honors WWII Veterans

Air Show not just tricks also veteran tributes

STUART, Fla. - The spins and spectacular aviation of the Stuart Air Show were on display once again Saturday. Pilots from all over put on the show, but inside the show were tributes.

You see the planes in the sky and can hear them from a mile away, but on the ground when you look past the commercial parked planes you find military planes on display as well.  

Not too far from that it wasn't unusual Saturday morning to find military men like Robert Shurts, who is a Vietnam Veteran.

"I was in Vietnam and my Dad was in World War 2.  He was like a hero to me," Shurts said.

Dressed in World War 2 combat gear, Shurts was the announcer of the World War 2 reenactment the air show had to pay tribute to the veterans of the war. 

For the most part, the veterans from that time are just named nowadays as they get up there in age, but at the air show, they're remembered.

"In order to appreciate what we have today we have to look back and see what they did before," Shurts said.

But the Living Legends group wanted to make sure you heard it too.

"We are having a live interactive presentation with World War 2 veterans to tell their story of what they had happen to them during World War 2," Todd Harris of the group said.

All the while, they'll be raising money for Honor Flight, which is a trip that sends those same veterans to Washington D.C. to see the World War 2 memorial.

"It's a nonstop whirlwind tour," Harris said about going to the memorial. "Hearing those veterans tell what they did for our country. It's just unbelieveable. It touches your heart and it brings you to tears, but at the end of the day you say job well done."

That trip, says thank you to those veterans for the country we live in today.

There was also a special tribute to other soldiers who died in combat.

The Stuart Air Show continues Sunday with gates opening at 9 a.m. and the air show beginning at 1 p.m.

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