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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Tennessee is once again reminding the U.S. Marines why we are the Volunteer state.
Downtown construction crews helped the servicemen and woman move the largest and heaviest helicopter in the United States military.
The CH-53 Super Stallion flown in Tuesday and set up at Ascend Amphitheater needed to be moved to make room for more aircraft flying in.
But the massive helicopter is so heavy it was sinking into the turf and wouldn’t move, and that’s when the construction workers came to the Marines’ aide.
Construction worker Michael Scrippoli was one of the men who took a break from his day job to help the Marines. About 70 more workers joined in the effort.
“The adrenaline was very intense for the fact that they do so much for us and we got a chance to help out as well,” Scrippoli said.
Scrippoli told News 2 his father and several of his family members are in the service, so it was a very emotional experience for him as he helped move the massive aircraft.
Senior superintendent Bill Dooling served in the Air Force for five years and told news 2 he was proud to see his men step up and help out.
“I work with these guys every day and I am already proud of them. To see something like that was good stuff,” said Dooling.
The aircrafts will be on display outside Ascend Amphitheater for the next few days as part of Marine week Nashville.
In the video, you can hear someone count down before everyone pushes the CH-53 with all their strength. The aircraft is moved and cheers erupt as Marines shake hands with the men who helped. You can watch the moment in the video above this story.
Earlier this week, 40 Marines were stranded on their way to Nashville from North Carolina after their charter bus caught fire. The town of Monteagle stepped up to them a ride and feed them lunch while they waited for a new bus to arrive.