Memorial service planned for last year's plane crash victims - KOTA Territory News

Memorial service planned for last year's plane crash victims


A memorial ceremony will honor four North Carolina airmen killed last summer when their plane crashed while fighting a wildfire in near Edgemont.

The July 1st ceremony on the one-year anniversary of the crash will dedicate an interpretive site: just north of the crash site.

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.


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