The National Salute to America’s Heroes

The National Salute to America’s Heroes (NSAH), presented by Hyundai, is one of the country’s largest military air and sea shows. Recently, it announced the cancellation of this year’s Memorial Day weekend event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the postponement, the NSAH and Hyundai introduced a community-based nomination initiative, titled “Salute 365,” that will recognize local healthcare professionals, first responders, and others who are tirelessly fighting and risking their own safety to care for members of the local community.

“We at the National Salute to America’s Heroes are always very focused on the health and safety of our guests, team members, and military partners. As we align with recommendations and guidelines from local, state, and global agencies, it was prudent to cancel the 2020 Hyundai Air and Sea Show,” said Mickey Markoff, executive producer of The National Salute to America’s Heroes, presented by Hyundai. “Given the regional and national concerns about COVID-19, we want to do what is best for the community at this time.”

Beginning immediately, NSAH seeks nominations for four heroes who will each be awarded new Hyundai Sonatas as recognition for their outstanding service. The NSAH will select winners in each of the following categories: healthcare professional; first responder; unsung community hero, and present them with a 2020 Hyundai Sonata on Memorial Day.

“Because our show is so closely connected with Memorial Day, we think it’s fitting to pay tribute on that day to the deserving members of our community who are on the front lines fighting against this world-wide pandemic and express our appreciation and gratitude for their service,” added Markoff.

“We’ve been a proud partner of the National Salute to America’s Heroes since its inception,” said Angela Zepeda, chief marketing officer, Hyundai Motor America. “In keeping with this terrific partnership, we’re already looking forward to next year’s event but wanted to do something now that shows our commitment to the NSAH while recognizing some of the local heroes working to put this pandemic behind us. Hyundai has always been a brand that does the right thing for people, so we are pleased to be a part of this Salute 365 initiative and recognizing those unsung heroes during this crisis.”

According to Markoff, “The initiative will seek nominations from the general public through traditional/non-traditional media sources requesting stories of deserving individuals who have displayed incredible courage and emerged as heroes in their community.”

Nominations in all categories can be made at
Winners will be picked by May 15 and announced over Memorial Day weekend.

The National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai is a nationwide two-day celebration held on Miami Beach, Florida featuring the Hyundai Air & Sea Show, Music Explosion presented by Hyundai, and Salute 365 initiative. Held Memorial Day Weekend, the National Salute to America’s Heroes presented by Hyundai focuses on honoring and paying tribute to the military and first responders who protect the freedoms of all Americans. For more information, please visit,

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