RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - A memorial ceremony will honor four North Carolina airmen killed last summer when their plane crashed while fighting a wildfire in South Dakota's Black Hills.
The July 1 ceremony on the 1-year anniversary of the crash will dedicate an interpretive site seven miles north of Edgemont. Four members of the six-person air crew died there when strong winds out of a thunderstorm caused the air tanker to crash into a ridge top.
Officials with the South Dakota National Guard and the Black Hills National Forest have been building a parking area and making room for interpretive signs to tell the story.
Black Hills National Forest supervisor Craig Bobzien says the memorial site will allow people to visit, pause, honor and reflect on the selfless service of the brave airmen.