Even without the Blue Angels, Marines will open its gates for the 2013 MCAS Miramar Air Show.
The show may be different but it will go on officials announced Monday.
On July 12, the Department of Defense announced military flight demonstrations would not be part of the annual tradition in San Diego citing budget cuts.
The show draws thousands of people to the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar every year and on Monday, the base commander said this year will be like no other.
“The Air Show is my opportunity to open the gates to Miramar,” said Col. John Farnam in a videotaped message posted to YouTube.
While there will not be the military flights in the sky above, there will be a number of displays on or near the runway Farnam said.
Cancelling the Air Show would impact budgets for programs on base funded by non-appropriated funds like the golf course, gymnasiums and day care.
The event will take place October 4 - 6, 2013. For more information, check the event website.