Omaha is nearly a thousand miles from the closest ocean. However, this week, the U.S. Navy has been flocking to our area for Navy Week Omaha.
For the Leap Frogs, the U.S. Navy's parachute team, there's no better way to get into Navy Week than to dive right in. They jumped out of a plane, parachuting down to a cheering crowd in the parking lot of the Henry Doorly Zoo.
Leap Frogs signed autographs and even posed for photos. Kids like Scotlan Cerise couldn't believe what they were seeing.“People aren't normally brave enough to do these things," said Cerise.
Moving into the zoo, the Navy Band, Great Lakes "Horizon," was playing sweet sounds for everyone to hear.
The next big show was at the aquarium. We caught divers inside suiting up and submerging into the water. Down below, the crowd was buzzing while as they watched the divers swimming with the fish. Some kids like Rylee Bradley even got to play tic-tac-toe with the divers through the glass with a special underwater notepad. “They go on like cool adventures and they entertain people like right now, and so I think that's pretty cool how they're doing that," Bradley said.
Even a high ranking officer like Admiral Annie Andrews was seen mingling at the zoo with the Leadership Academy for Girls. Admiral Andrews says the Navy is doing all of these things as a way to let us in the Midwest know that even while we're hundreds of miles from the ocean, we're still under their guard. “Our Navy depends on our citizens, and we want you to know that the Navy is here to protect, to make sure that we do what is right, and to take care of this country. We're here to serve," she said.
If you missed any of Thursday's events, the Navy will be back at the Henry Doorly Zoo on Friday.
In the meantime, be sure to watch The Leap Frogs video above. That should tide you over.