The Blast at Beulah's annual salute to veterans and active-duty military men and women takes a new twist this year.

The Blast at Beulah's annual salute to veterans and active-duty military men and women takes a new twist this year.

The salute is part of festivities set to start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, and end with the second largest fireworks show in central Ohio at 10 p.m.

The salute to veterans is to begin with the national anthem at 8:30 p.m., followed by brief remarks from mayor Richard "Ike" Stage. The new element is a flyover of vintage U.S. combat planes.

The Commemorative Air Force is a nonprofit organization based in Texas and dedicated to restoring and flying WW II airplanes as a tribute to America's veterans. The Ohio Valley Wing of the nationwide organization is based at Bolton Field where at least one restored plane is based.

On Saturday, the Commemorative Air Force will send up two planes as part of the Blast at Beulah salute. One of America's most recognized warplanes, the World Ward II P-51 Mustang is a single-seat long-range fighter aircraft capable of 440 mph. The LT-6D Mosquito was used in Korea as a forward air controller. It was also a fighter pilot trainer-armed reconnaissance aircraft.

The P-51 has a bright red nose and the LT-6 has royal blue on its nose, wing tips and tail.

Veterans and active-duty military personnel will get special seating at Beulah Park. Those who want to participate in the salute should call 277-3015 to reserve a spot. The deadline is today, July 1.

Handicap parking and assistance for the mobility-impaired will be available. The Danger Brothers will provide live entertainment and several radio personalities from 95.5 The Hawk are to appear.

At 6 p.m., children's activities will be provided by Grove City Parks and Recreation and TWIG 184.

Fireworks start at about 10 p.m. and will be simulcast on radio station WINK 107.1.

Beulah Park is at 3811 Southwest Blvd. The event is free but parking is $5.

The rain date is Sunday, July 4. Call 277-3060 or visit the Grove City Twitter page, http://twitter.com/GroveCityOhio, for weather cancellation information the day of the event.