The latest cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic is Miami Beach's Memorial Day Weekend Air & Sea Show. Mickey Markoff, executive producer of The National Salute to America’s Heroes (NSAH), presented by Hyundai, said in an announcement, “Given the regional and national concerns about COVID-19, we want to do what is best for the community at this time.”
Though the show won’t go on, NSAH and Hyundai introduced a community-based nomination initiative called “Salute 365” to recognize local healthcare professionals, first responders and others “who are tirelessly fighting and risking their own safety to care for members of the local community.”
Heather Shaw, Assistant Director of the Miami Beach Office of Tourism and Culture, said in reaction to the announcement, "We are disappointed that A National Salute to America’s Heroes will not take place this year on our beautiful beachfront and we look forward to their return in the future. The Air & Sea Show is a special occasion to honor our active military, first responders, veterans and those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Memorial Day Weekend. At this time, as we respond to COVID-19 and its impact on our community, let us stay home and support, applaud and praise everyone working daily to make Miami Beach safe, secure and healthy."
Nominations are being sought now for four “deserving individuals who through their actions during this crisis have displayed incredible courage and emerged as heroes in their community.” Winners will be selected in the following categories: healthcare professional, first responder, and unsung community hero. Each will be awarded new Hyundai Sonatas as recognition for their outstanding service.
“Because our show is so closely connected with Memorial Day, we think it’s fitting to pay tribute on that day to the deserving members of our community who are on the front lines fighting against this world-wide pandemic and express our appreciation and gratitude for their service,” added Markoff.
Winners will be chosen by May 15 and announced over Memorial Day weekend. Nominate a local hero here.
The Air & Sea Show is expected to resume next year during Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30, 2021.
Photo: 2018 Miami Beach Air and Sea Show
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