It’s Top Gun Day today in San Diego and much of it is happening on board the USS Midway Museum.
And with the world debut of "Top Gun Maverick" in San Diego and the release if the film now just days away, finally after a two-year delay due to COVID, the military spotlight is back on San Diego.
For years, the Navy’s Top Gun school was located at what is now Marine Corps Air Station Miramar but back then was the Miramar Naval Air Station.
And not only is Top Gun back, but also back is the Miramar Air Show that returns in late September after a two-year hiatus because of the pandemic.
But while the Air Show was grounded for a couple of years, all this time, still today and every day, fighter pilots are flying in and out of the Miramar base, training and doing what it takes to be the best at what they do.
And while the Top Gun film will be entertaining and the Miramar Air Show will be exciting, we will all be reminded this year, whether watching a film or attending the Air Show, that what fighter pilots do and what all the military members in San Diego do is serious business, life and death business, protecting and defending our country.
What’s happening in Ukraine right now is a stark and emotional reminder of it.
And just like the Ukrainian forces are showing the world great courage, there are courageous and brave men and women in the Navy, Marines and all the U.S. military branches making us even more thankful for what they do and their service to us and their country.
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