South Dakota's Air National Guard's 114th Fighter Wing will fly over several healthcare facilities this weekend as a way to honor those fighting on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, according to a press release Monday from the Guard.

Four F-16 Fighting Falcons will pass over hospitals in nine cities throughout eastern South Dakota to show appreciation for healthcare workers, first responders and other essential employees, the release states. The flyovers will start at about 1:10 p.m.Saturday in Brookings and wrap up by 3 p.m. in Sioux Falls.

"This Armed Forces Day, we would like to salute our fellow Americans working hard to keep South Dakotans safe," stated Col. Mark Morrell, 114th Fighter Wing commander. "They have demonstrated true commitment and selfless services, and this is our way of saying thank you."

The times and locations include:

  • 1:10-1:20 p.m. in Brookings
  • 1:20 -1:30 p.m. in Watertown
  • 1:35-1:45 p.m. in Aberdeen
  • 1:55-2:05 p.m. in Pierre
  • 2:10 -2:20 p.m. in Huron
  • 2:20-2:30 p.m. in Mitchell
  • 2:30-2:40 p.m. in Yankton
  • 2:35-2:45 p.m. in Vermillion
  • 2:50-3 p.m. in Sioux Falls

Residents and healthcare staff are encouraged to step outside to see the flyovers, but are reminded to practice social distancing and not gather in large groups.