By Gil Field / San Diego Veterans for Peace
Editor Note: Thursday, September 6th, 2018, from 4 PM to 6 PM will be the fifth in a series of veteran “bannerings” on the Carroll Canyon I-15 overpass encouraging the public NOT to attend the September Miramar Air Show.
Local veterans, friends and supporters from the San Diego Veterans For Peace are in their third year of a five year educational outreach encouraging the public to stay home and not attend the annual Miramar Air Show this month.
Veterans believe that the Miramar Air Show glorifies war with an exciting show of speed, power and noise. It celebrates the skills and machinery that exist to kill, maim and destroy. The show is very dangerous …. 10% of all Blue Angel pilots have been killed in shows or accidents. Miramar jets have already crashed in San Diego neighborhoods. Lastly, the show is a misleading recruiting tool for our youth and exists to allow defense contractors to showcase and sell their latest tools of death.
Veterans of San Diego Chapter #91 have provided speakers to numerous San Diego civic and educational organizations, and each summer “banner” weekly on the Carroll Canyon overpass over the I-15. They have also been featured on local TV and radio programs.
In 2016, a camera crew attended the Miramar Air Show and produced an excellent 19 minute documentary of what really goes on there. The documentary, entitled “Disneyland of War” is on Youtube and is included here. (Warning: includes brief scenes with graphic images of actual combat)