Memorial Day Flyovers Grounded Because of Budget Cuts

No Memorial Day flyovers
Former Congressman and Air Force pilot John Boccieri said budget cuts have scrapped flyovers by C-130s.

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One thing noticeably missing from the many Memorial Day ceremonies and services held Monday in the area were military flyovers with planes from the Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Vienna.

For the past several years, air crews flew their C-130’s over parades and other events on Memorial Day and the 4th of July. But this year, because of budget problems in Congress, especially the cuts made because of sequestration, those extra missions had to be scrapped.

Former lawmaker and Air Force pilot John Boccieri, who spoke at Monday morning’s service in Poland, said the flyovers are popular with his fellow reservists.

“I know quite a few local air crew members who love to participate in Memorial Day events, maybe not necessarily get up there and speak and give a speech like I was able to, but they like to participate in that way, fly over different services across the community,” said Boccieri, who is commander of the 773rd Airlift Squadron at the Youngstown Air Reserve Station.

Boccieri said he and others are hoping the budget issues can be resolved in Washington so the flyovers and other events can be restored next year.

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