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Salute From The Shore Planes fly along SC coast

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Thousands of people were at the Isle of Palms today as several vintage aircraft, many in military paint, flew by as part of the annual Fourth of July Salute From the Shore. The planes fly along South Carolina's coast from Myrtle Beach to Hilton Head.

Normally, the military sends aircraft to fly during the event, but due to sequestration, they decided not to take part in this year's event.

A giant American Flag was held out for the pilots to see next to the pier at Isle of Palms County Park.

Many folks were talking about their pride as an American. Blake Albert said, "I love that we live in a country that accepts everyone and we are able to pursue our dreams."

Evan Scott talked about how he appreciated that he has the freedom to, "walk down the street, without being violated by other people."

Jeff Peterson organized the flags event, bringing a flag that was once flown over Afghanistan as food was dropped from the air to help the Afghan people. He initially tried to find friends to join him to hold up the flag via Facebook, but he didn't find much interest there. However, once he was at the beach, dozens of beach goers gathered around the flag to take part.

Peterson is in the reserves, and he says he is so proud of America, "we have such freedoms that we can enjoy, so much more than the rest of the world has. It's hard to say what I like best. I'm just glad I'm American."

Valerian Blanchard is one of the volunteers who helped hold the large flag. She also led the ground in the singing the national anthem as the planes flew overhead, "I love America. I'm a patriot, and I want my kids to understand the sacrifices that were made so they could be free."

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