On the 70th anniversary of Victory Day and to honor World War II veterans, 56 planes flew over Washington, D.C. during the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover. The planes flew very low, at altitudes of 1,000 feet, so that spectators could easily see and hear the various military planes that flew during World War II. They would cross over the Lincoln Memorial and then bank left to cruise along Independence Avenue, covering the entire length of the National Mall. Thousands of spectators gathered on the grass, balconies, and rooftops to see the rare flyover.
Before the commemorative flights, a wreath-laying ceremony was held at the World War II Memorial with hundred of World War II veterans in attendance. At the conclusion of the ceremony, small winged specks grew larger as they approached. The buzz and roar of planes zoomed overhead in various formations symbolizing major campaigns of the war. It was a great experience to see, hear, and feel these craft for the first time.