[ST. JOSEPH, Mo] The Blue Angels took to the skies over St. Joseph closing out the Sound of Speed Air Show at Rosecrans Airport, and among the thousands of people watching, two navy veterans.
"It’s great, I mean its patriotism and it keeps the morale up," Navy veteran Clarence Lee said.
"I served in Vietnam, so did [Lee]." Navy veteran Terry Gann said
Both men have 20-plus years of service in the Navy, yet for Lee, it's his first time seeing the Blue Angels in action.
"I’ve never seen the Blue Angels before, just the Air Force Thunderbirds," Lee said.
For Gann, its a re-do, after missing out on the chance to see the Blue Angels at their home base in Florida.
"We were supposed to spend a whole day with them, but the government [ran] out of money, so we didn’t get to see them," Gann said.
As big a spectacle as the Blue Angels performance is, the most moving scene for these veterans was at an enlistment ceremony before the show.
"There was several people that actually enlisted for the first time." Lee said.
Both men agreed their younger days are behind them, which is why they're happy to see people willing to accept the torch they’ll pass on.
"You gotta keep the influx, cause the baby boomers are about gone." Lee said.
While the air show brought the two out initially, what will stick with the two veterans the most is keeping the tradition of service alive for the next generation,
"It's a wonderful thing, I hope it keeps up," Gann said.
Clarence Lee came to the show from Troy, Ill. and has served in the Navy for 26 years.
Terry Gann came from Shawnee, Kan. and has served in the Navy for 24 years.