Yesterday, Eye On Annapolis was stationed to capture the Blue Angels from every vantage point. Michael Finn was on the United States Naval Academy yard, Glenn Miller was across the river at a private residence and Mark Dignen was aboard Watermark Cruises’ Harbor Queen in the Annapolis harbor.
The Blue Angels dedicated today’s performance to U.S. Naval Academy Midshipman Justin Zemser who was killed in the north Philadelphia train derailment May 12.. The son of Howard and Susan Zemser, Justin was a native of Rockaway Beach, N.Y. and attended Channel View High School. He was a two-year letterwinner of Channel View High School football as a wide receiver, and served as team captain for the team in 2011 and 2012. In 2012, he was named to the All-Borough Team.
After high school, Justin attended the United States Naval Academy where he was a member of the sprint football team and was secretary of the Jewish Midshipman Club.
As their final maneuver and salute, a lone bugler played taps as the narrator explained the maneuver:
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, YOUR UNITED STATES NAVY FLIGHT DEMONSTRATION SQUADRON REPRESENTS A TIME HONORED TRADITION OF PRIDE, PROFESSIONALISM AND EXCELLENCE SPANNING 106 YEARS OF NAVAL AVIATION.
THE 2015 TEAM TAKES A GREAT DEAL OF PRIDE IN SALUTING NAVY AND MARINE CORPS PILOTS, MAINTENANCE CREWS AND SUPPORT PERSONNEL EVERYWHERE.
THE 5 DEMONSTRATION PILOTS ARE REJOINING CAPTAIN FROSCH FOR OUR FINAL MANEUVER, THE MISSING MAN FORMATION. THE MISSING MAN FORMATION IS AN AERIAL SALUTE DEDICATED TO ONE OF OUR FALLEN WARRIORS. TODAY, THE BLUE ANGELS ARE PERFORMING THE MISSING MAN FORMATION TO HONOR THE MEMORY OF U.S. NAVAL ACADEMY MIDSHIPMAN JUSTIN ZEMSER, WHO WAS KILLED IN THE TRAIN DERAILMENT NEAR NORTH PHILADELPHIA MAY 12.
LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, FROM THE LEFT THE MISSING MAN FORMATION.
You can also see a video of the demonstration here.
All images ©2015 Mark Dignen / Dignen Photography for Eye On Annapolis