Sterling Ranch residents look up for air parade

Aerial salute to essential workers takes place over Denver metro area

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/20/20

Sterling Ranch residents, who were spread out and wearing masks, gathered in large fields outside their homes on May 14 to watch an air parade and fundraiser. The Denver metro area event, a …

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Sterling Ranch residents look up for air parade

Aerial salute to essential workers takes place over Denver metro area

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Sterling Ranch residents, who were spread out and wearing masks, gathered in large fields outside their homes on May 14 to watch an air parade and fundraiser.

The Denver metro area event, a collaboration with Gov. Jared Polis and Mile High United Way, featured a group of local aviators and about 30 aircraft, according to a release about the event. 

The flyover parade, described as an aerial salute honoring essential workers, aimed to raise money and awareness for the Help Colorado Now COVID-19 relief fund, as donations were made through the website. Lockheed Martin offered a $500,000 matching opportunity for funds raised from the event.

Sterling Ranch encouraged residents to step outside and look up to enjoy the show as the parade went by at about 11:40 a.m.

Neighbors also headed to the Sterling Center, where refreshments and a food truck were available.

“It seemed like something interesting and it’s a nice day,” said Harold Smethills, president of the community’s board of directors. “What you try to do in a community is let the kids get out ... life is to be lived.”

The planes took off from Rocky Mountain Metro Airport in Broomfield and traveled south to Castle Rock then back over Aurora and finally to Boulder before landing at the airport.

“This collaborative effort among fellow airmen was born out of a desire to help the capable doctors, nurses and first responders who battle COVID-19 daily,” according to the release. “And also the essential workers including janitors, grocery store clerks, sanitation workers, delivery personnel and the other unsung heroes that selflessly work daily to ensure communities have access to essential services and goods.”

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