CHICAGO — The U.S. Navy Blue Angels demonstration team put on a show for workers on the frontline of the pandemic Tuesday, soaring across the skies of Chicago to thank them for the difficult work they do on a daily basis.
“We salute and thank all healthcare workers, first responders and other essential personnel serving on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19,” the group said in a Facebook post announcing the flyover.
Melvis Bass-Green has been an ER nurse at Stroger Hospital for 28 years, and says the last two months treating COVID-19 patients have been some of the most difficult days of her career.
“We come here, and we come here to save lives and take care of patients, and we come here to be a support system, and we come here to take care of each other,” Bass-Green said.
The Blue Angels also flew over Indianapolis and Detroit Tuesday, as the legendary air team soars across the country to thank hospital workers, police officers, firefighters and others on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
“It makes us feel special and it makes us feel thought about and it makes us feel needed,” Bass-Green said.
Outside Stroger Hospital, a number of doctors, nurses and other staff members took a five-minute break Tuesday to soak in the sun and some well-deserved recognition.
“We’re inside, and so many times people don’t really know what we’re up to and you kind of feel like, ‘does the world care?’ but you see something like this and it’s a great morale boost,” Dr. Jordan Moskoff said.
For some in the group, a salute from one of the nation’s most storied military squadrons stirred feelings of patriotism during the pandemic, and a sense that no matter how bad things get on the ground, there’s always a reason to look up.
“We can beat this, we can come together as a country and face this head on,” physician’s assistant Ann Sikora-Jackson said.