FOND DU LAC – A Fond du Lac veteran offered a special salute to fellow veterans Sunday.
The retired US Navy lieutenant commander did so high above the ground, wrapping up this Fourth of July weekend.
“Red nose flight, this is lakeside,” said Ron Roen into a radio.
The retired naval analyst waited for a response.
In retirement, the Fond du Lac native says he enjoys giving back.
“Having served in the Navy for 20 years, it was really difficult to give back to the community because of my deployment schedule so I thought it’d be really convenient to have a flyover this weekend,” Roen said.
The T-6 Texan, also called a Warbird, made its way over Main Street and also circled visitors at Lakeside Park.
“I think it was awesome because my son kind of arranged it and I think it was really great,” said Gloria Roen.
Anna Foster brought her 2-year-old son Roman to watch the flyover.
“We want to be a part of the flyover to honor our lost veterans. My son’s grandfather was a WWII vet,” said Foster.
Roen says the Warbird holds a very special meaning.
“I was a target selection analyst intelligence officer working at United States Strategic Command where they control bombers and so I had a relationship built up with the pilots that flew bombing missions,” Roen said.
As the plane made its way over the park again, some of the people in the crowd snapped a few pictures.
“It was a great flyover, lots of passes, and it waved a couple of times,” said Jess Hooper.
Roen says the flyover is also a way to pay tribute to all past and present military men and women.
“Without question, the sacrifices that people make across the board are not understandable to most average citizens so it’s really important to remind them and give them a sound bite of the flyover,” Roen said.
Roen is planning another flyover next year during the Fourth of July weekend.