Rhode Island air show canceled for second straight year
EAST GREENWICH, RI (WLNE) – The coronavirus has forced the Rhode Island Open House Air Show to cancel for the second straight year.
The Rhode Island National Guard (RING) announced Wednesday that due to health and safety concerns from the Coronavirus that the air show will have to cancel.
In 2019 the air show was canceled due to hundreds of RING members being deployed to a federal duty overseas.
The 2020 Air Show was scheduled for June but RING said they decided to make the proactive decision to cancel.
Major General Christopher Callahan released the following statement regarding the decision:
“The cancellation of the 2020 RING Open House Air Show does not come without disappointment. The Open House Air Show is an opportunity to open our doors to the public and highlight the work our service men and women do to protect our state and nation each day. During this pandemic response, your Rhode Island National Guard has been mobilized to fight against the spread of the virus, training civilian medical personnel, staffing various call centers, distributing food and necessities to the most vulnerable, and performing a number of other critical functions. As such, our resources need to be acutely focused on the mitigation of the spread of this virus while remaining ready for our mission as the primary combat reserve of the Army and Air Force. We thank you for your continued support of our Rhode Island Soldiers and Airmen.”