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Navy Leap Frogs set to drop into Buffalo on Saturday

by jmaloni
Sat, Sep 15th 2012 07:00 am

The U.S. Navy Parachute Team, the Leap Frogs, will drop into Buffalo as part of the Navy Week festivities. The elite team will perform jumps at Canalside, Buffalo Zoo and the Buffalo Bills game.

Saturday at 2 p.m. the team will jump into Canalside and on Sunday, Sept. 15, it will jump into the Buffalo Zoo at 10 a.m.; Buffalo Bills home opener during pre-game activities; and into Canalside to close out Buffalo Navy Week at 6 p.m.

The Leap Frogs are comprised entirely of U.S. Navy SEAL and SWCC commandos and are renowned for exciting and complex formations such as down planes, side planes, drag planes, diamonds, big stacks, tri-by-sides and T formations. After the performances, the team will be available to the public to answer questions about the Navy and the Naval Special Warfare community, as well as to sign autographs.

Here is a detailed look at Saturday's events.

  • Noon - 3:30 p.m. - Navy MH-60S helicopter open to the public.
  • Noon - 7 p.m. - General public visitation for U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard Ships. All ships are free and open to the public.
  • Noon, 1:30 and 5:30 p.m. - U.S. Coast Guard Drill Team will perform at Canalside.
  • Noon - 7 p.m. - U.S. Coast Guard Historic Ship Company presentation at Canalside with replica gun deck and 1812 period dress.
  • 1 - 1:30 p.m. - Wreath-laying ceremony at Commodore Perry Monument at Front Park.
  • 1, 2:30 and 4 p.m. - USS Constitution sailors will give demonstrations with a replica of an 1812 USS Constitution gun deck.
  • 2 p.m. - U.S. Navy Leap Frogs jump into Canalside.
  • 2:15 p.m. - Naval and Military Park Veteran's appreciation ceremony
  • 3:15 p.m. - U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue demonstration in Buffalo River.
  • 5:15 - 7 p.m. - Navy MH-60S helicopter open to the public.

One of 15 signature events around the country, Buffalo Navy Week is an opportunity for area citizens to see their maritime services up close, and for Sailors and Coast Guardsmen to contribute to the community. The observance of the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 is a salute to all sailors and marines who fought gallantly in that conflict, who served in all our nation's conflicts since then, and who are defending freedom around the world.

Visitwww.buffalonavyweek.com for updated information and schedules. Information also can be found on the Buffalo Navy Week Facebook page,www.facebook.com/buffalonavyweek.

Note:The Joint Military Band concert at Fort Niagara featuring Navy Band, Marine Corps Band and Royal Canadian Navy Band scheduled for Friday was cancelled due to inclement weather.

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